Intel, PCAudioLabs and PC Perspective Rok Box System Sweepstakes!!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems | March 5, 2012 - 03:32 PM |
Tagged: pcaudiolabs, pcal, Intel, giveaway, contest

UPDATE: Contest is closed!  We'll announce a winner in the next couple of days!! Thanks to all who entered and to our sponsors for allowing us the chance to give away this kick-ass system!

UPDATE 2: Congratulations to user Cameron Berry as they are the winner of the PCAudioLabs sweepstakes sponsored by PC Perspective and Intel!!  Thanks to everyone that participated and be sure to stay tuned for more contests right here on pcper.com!

Our fans and readers have supported PC Perspective since its formation in 2004 and even before that back in the days of amdmb.com and athlonmb.com, and because of that support, we have been able to provide you with reviews and information on a continuous basis that we feel are the best in the industry.  And when we get the chance to give back to you, we jump at the chance and that is just what happened a couple weeks ago when our long time friends at Intel introduced us to the folks at PCAudioLabs for a sweepstakes of impressive proportions.

For the next two weeks we are giving our readers the chance to win a complete PCAudioLabs computer based on the Intel X79 platform and Sandy Bridge-E!!  If you aren't familiar with PCAudioLabs, here is a rundown of their mission from their website:

PCAudioLabs was formed early in 2000 by Thomas Bolton and Fred Rosenbloom. At the time, they were both working at Steinberg North America in the technical department and they noticed a great need for more educational tools for music production. With a video camera and a desire to inform, they started making in depth tutorial guides to some of the biggest software products in music production. The company was a huge success but it quickly became apparent that even if people knew how to use their software, it wouldn’t be of much help if the computer they were trying to use it on didn’t do its job.

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PCAudioLabs built their first custom DAW for world renowned Engineer/Producer Mark Howard and within months they were the hottest system builders in the country. Besides the enormous list of pro users that have chosen PCAudioLabs, AMD, Intel and Microsoft have all turned to PCAudioLabs whenever they have audio needs.

In 2007, PCAudioLabs tripled in size, moving into a new location and increasing staff to meet demand. By NAMM 2008, PCAudioLabs was not only the supplier of PC’s for music software giants Steinberg and Cakewalk, but also hardware manufacturers such as Roland, Yamaha and Euphonix.

Although our task is technical, we know our staff needs to be able to relate to you and your situation. That’s why not only are the people who will build your system experts in computing, they are also musicians. In fact, any person you e-mail or speak to at PCAudioLabs makes music, so you’ll never have to worry about asking a musical question and getting a technical response – we speak your language.

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Inside this brand-new generation of Rok Box you'll find an Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E processor along with a great Intel DX79TO motherboard.  Kingston has supplied 16GB of DDR3 memory to keep your audio creation rolling even with a ton of applications loaded up.  Storage is powered by a 240GB Intel 510 SSD as well as dual 1TB spinning drives for recording and sampling simultaneously.  ASUS has provided the GTX 560 Ti CUII TOP graphics card and the entire system is powered by an 850 watt Antec High Current Pro power supply.  In total, the system from PCAudioLabs will retail for right around $3,000!!

That isn't all though as PCAudioLabs has included full versions of software required for audio production including Cakewalk Sonar X1 Essential, Native Instruments Komplete Element's, IK Multimedia's Amplitube FREE and much more.  The software alone is valued at more than $600 bringing the total value here to over $3,600!  See the PCAudioLabs website for more details.

I am sure you are interested in the system itself so we have created a short video to go over the hardware as well as the software included in this bundle - check it out!

Without a doubt you are wondering what you have to do to win this system.  The steps are simple:

  1. Visit the PCAudioLabs Facebook page at http://facebook.com/pcaudiolabs, "Like" it and leave a comment on the wall if you want as well, thanking them for supporting PC Perspective and the audio creation community.  They are supporting PC Perspective by giving us this system and allowing US to support YOU with the giveaway, so get over here and support THEM!
     
  2. Leave a comment on this PC Perspective post below (registration is not required, though recommended) telling us and the PCAL crew what you plan to do with this system, how you'll utilize its power in your audio creation projects, etc.  What will the Rok Box improve or make easier for you?
     
  3. And if you want to follow us for more PC hardware news and upcoming contests you can do so at several locations.  http://twitter.com/pcper  http://facebook.com/pcper and http://gplus.to/pcper

That's it!  Our sweepstakes will run between today at end at 12:01am EST on March the 6th.  If you don't have your entry in by then, you are out of luck.  We will pick a random winner from the comments and ship the system out that week in March.  You are responsible for any taxes / tariffs but we'll cover the shipping to anywhere in the world. 

A HUGE thanks goes out to our friends at PCAudioLabs and Intel for making this possible and we hope you all appreciate the work that goes into putting something like this on.  Also, thanks goes to Antec, ASUS and Kingston for their support as well.  

Good luck to everyone and happy audio editing!!

February 23, 2012 | 05:25 PM - Posted by Tcsduo@gmail.com

Would like to help my brother with his band's music anyway I can but need to try to get a new computer for that haha

February 23, 2012 | 05:25 PM - Posted by UrkenInvader (not verified)

This system will make everything easier in my small shop. I have been working with old PCs and winning this would be a dream come true.

February 23, 2012 | 05:26 PM - Posted by Joachim S. (not verified)

I would use the system to recording and editing music and videos both things im doing myself. On the computer i have now i cant do anything else when something is rendering its just gonna crash.
Also i would play games, but mostly use it for music and video editing :)

February 23, 2012 | 05:27 PM - Posted by icekreem (not verified)

i would use this rig for supporting and editing the musik of my band. love to win that!!!

February 23, 2012 | 05:28 PM - Posted by IcyL (not verified)

Thanks for this giveaway, i'll use it to make awesome quality soundtracks for my short films.

February 23, 2012 | 05:29 PM - Posted by Gordok (not verified)

Great job with this giveaway guys, this is awesome... Nice to see more and more people getting involved in e-Sports!

February 23, 2012 | 05:30 PM - Posted by Monite (not verified)

this computer is a monster and it would run and load anything with ease, so that would definitely help me with creating audio and many other things, specifically playing games, which i'm sure it would run flawlessly

February 23, 2012 | 05:30 PM - Posted by Gordok (not verified)

I would use this system because I do a ton of Audio editing for my band, and I feel this thing has enough power to sustain the gaming I do as well! So 2 birds with one stone! :D

February 23, 2012 | 05:34 PM - Posted by Mathias Torres (not verified)

If I win, I would probably play starcraft 2 and stream amongst similar things. Other things would be using it to have photoshop and similar creative programs

February 23, 2012 | 05:39 PM - Posted by TerryBogart

Im a Graphic designer who's been dabbling with audio editing for animation projects, I Would use this pc to dabble further, and Hell yeah some Starcraft2...

February 23, 2012 | 05:41 PM - Posted by Umicah (not verified)

Awesome rig ! I am Greek and economy is not good here so the only option for a new system is to be lucky and win this !

February 23, 2012 | 05:41 PM - Posted by dismay (not verified)

Gotta start making video game music somewhere.

February 23, 2012 | 05:41 PM - Posted by Al (not verified)

I will stream 5 1080p pr0n vids and spank to them all with my new sandy bridge E. Gotta make use of all them threads/cores somehow!

February 23, 2012 | 05:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This will go in my Mancave to make it amazing!

February 23, 2012 | 05:54 PM - Posted by Gooshy

Thanks guys! This could definitely be a start to really learning music editing.

February 23, 2012 | 05:56 PM - Posted by Paul (not verified)

this would be a great help since i love playing on my guitar and i love experimenting with it :) i'm also a gamer and that would be a pretty big bonus if i had that rig :) much <3 to you guys!

February 23, 2012 | 06:02 PM - Posted by r4pture (not verified)

The RoKBox is exactly what I'm looking for. I'm both a heavy gamer and music fiend, so with a box like this I can both game, play music in the best quality possible, and maybe finally have a PC worth doing some audio projects of my own on!

February 23, 2012 | 06:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks for the contest! And this computer would be amazing for my firend's new DJ career, he just landed a DJ job in a local club, but his hardware is a little out of date and is stubborn to upgrade. This would make is music career so much easier and better quality!

February 23, 2012 | 06:10 PM - Posted by John Sweeney (not verified)

I will use this PC to power production of a streaming webcast show from our weekly barcraft event.

February 23, 2012 | 06:13 PM - Posted by John Bradley (not verified)

www.awesome-gaming.net , http://www.youtube.com/awesomegamingvod http://www.twitch.tv/awesomegaminglive)

It'd be great for the team, with this we would be able to provide better commentary/casts/walkthroughs and live-streams :) What Im trying to say is, we'd use it to improve the quality for our viewers :)

February 23, 2012 | 06:31 PM - Posted by Dylanlee (not verified)

Looking to get a new desktop, and this would be like a dream come true! Would definitely start some audio projects with this. This would definitely make not only audio editing, but everything with a computer easier.

February 23, 2012 | 06:39 PM - Posted by wilson79

Thank you PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs.... this would make a awesome update to my old dell system

February 23, 2012 | 06:46 PM - Posted by Kevin (not verified)

Impressive system thank you PCPer and PCAudioLabs

February 23, 2012 | 07:24 PM - Posted by Probasaur

As someone who is trying their hardest to follow their dreams and continue to work on my career in music, seeing anyone support the audio creation community is something to behold. Thanks for doing this and although I don't have the best hardware, I'll continue to keep playing, singing, and producing.

Right now when I'm working on my very old DELL it takes way longer than it should when I'm done recording and needing to convert it into mp3 format. And then again when I'm attempting to upload it to try and get my stuff out there.

I also have been very into the Starcraft scene since the original and now that the scene is starting to really rise up I've always had thoughts of putting my own 'Strategy Tutorials' and just cast replays of the pro's. This of course would be impossible without a proper computer and audio set up. Right now I moderate for IGN's Pro League and have developed a friendship with the broadcasting team. If I could somehow gain a following through my casting I could see a small glimmer of a shot for me to cast for them. Paid or not I'm not interested in the money but for the growth and support of the community. Just like I moderate for them right now.

my email that I registered with PCperspective on was: Probasaur@gmail.com

This would be a huge help and big motivator in continuing to keep creating and trying to improve along the way. Either way thankyou lots for your support and I'll definitely check out what you have to offer now.

February 23, 2012 | 07:18 PM - Posted by timothy wijk (not verified)

i will use this platform as a mean to learn more about overclocking and the underlying systems involved in making a stable overclocked environment. i may not be the most experienced overclocker but i know most of it and it would be great to have a new computer as my old one is getting tired of the more advanced games and applications today.

February 23, 2012 | 07:27 PM - Posted by genericname96669 (not verified)

Would be planning to run sony vegas and ableton to produce my own music and able to edit my own videos.

Thank you for the contest and great work to PCPer, PCAudioLabs

February 23, 2012 | 07:40 PM - Posted by Rakett (not verified)

Wow, sick giveaway, thanks so much!

February 23, 2012 | 08:36 PM - Posted by Joel Stover (not verified)

This PCAudioLabs Rok Box system would be a significant upgrade for my home studio and would take my multitracked-guitar-and-virtual-orchestra productions to a new level. Thanks to Ryan from PC Perspective's expert overview, it's clear that this system would be quieter and more powerful than my present system by a long shot. The snappy response of the Intel processor and the ASUS video card would keep the hardware blazing away in the background, where it belongs, so I can focus on being creative without noticing the little glitches and freezes which betray an underpowered DAW system. This modern system would allow me to explore creative mixing and effects processing: auxilary sends, parallel compression, sub-mixes, and processor demanding modulation. My current system grinds to a halt when I start to get really creative with my mix. This power of this Rok Box system would also leave me plenty of power to explore another important part of being a modern musician: online collaboration. Right now, I am writing and producing on my own. This is not by choice, but my current DAW is a bit slow and cannot handle multi-tasking programs very well. The Rok Box would change all that, opening up exciting possibilities for collaborating with other musicians, in real time, while still writing and producing in my DAW. Wow...It would be a blast to rock the Rok Box!

February 23, 2012 | 08:36 PM - Posted by SonicPet07

First up for me is re-ripping and encoding all my media. Then getting down and dirty with some projects that my Core-2-duo just can't handle anymore

February 23, 2012 | 09:00 PM - Posted by TroyB (not verified)

kicking off a new PC gaming site for gamers, by gamers. On our 4th podcast now and it is ROUGH around the edges! (AFK podcast on iTunes)

Thanks!!

Cheers!
Troy
@logun0 on twitter

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