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!

Our fans and readers have supported PC Perspective since its formation in 2004 and even before that back in the days of and, 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, "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. and

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 | 09:06 PM - Posted by rwmcclarin

Thank you PC Audio Labs for supporting, I love these guys. To win this PC would make me and my boys year. They are wanting to start a kids neighborhood band, very musically inclined group of boys. And when they are not using it I would put it to good use improving my hand/eye coordination ;)

February 23, 2012 | 11:29 PM - Posted by Shane (not verified)

Great system! I've been using Garage Band for sound creation and editing. Would love to try those software packages and have a system built for them. This would for sure improve the sound creation options... and who knows be the gateway into semi-professional music production.

Great show by the way... found it by the way of TWiCH. Keep up the good work.

February 24, 2012 | 12:04 AM - Posted by Curt L (not verified)

I would love to do more recording of electronic dance tracks but with an aging pc it is becoming hard to accomplish. Thanks PC Audio Labs for supporting this show.

February 24, 2012 | 12:49 AM - Posted by tridentone

Thank you PC Perspective for all the hard work and PC Audio Labs for supporting PC Perspective.

February 24, 2012 | 05:01 AM - Posted by simi (not verified)

Awesome job PC Per and PCAudioLabs , great system for all needs video and audio editing ,games ,Auto CAD name it . Thanks for chance

February 24, 2012 | 05:14 AM - Posted by dani (not verified)

Great system for all kinda tasks.Thanks for giveaway PC Per and PCAudioLabs!

February 24, 2012 | 07:25 AM - Posted by Devil 2 U

I would like to start a podcast about the LAN Party community. I think this hardware would be the perfect genesis for such a project.

February 24, 2012 | 09:13 AM - Posted by Tommie (not verified)

I sure hope you guys also ship a prize to a place outside of USA..

February 24, 2012 | 09:35 AM - Posted by bman212121

Count me in for this one!

February 24, 2012 | 09:46 AM - Posted by wildferret

Thank you PC Per for all the reviews and how to's.

February 24, 2012 | 10:04 AM - Posted by Amareen (not verified)

First thank you .

I am gonna tell the truth here, i only need this to upgrade from my 6and half year old Pentium 4 PC, and if i win this am gonna upgrade my current computer and give it to my cousin (who desperately needs one :)

again thank you !

February 24, 2012 | 10:10 AM - Posted by Evgeny Maslay (not verified)

PC Perspective Rok Box System help me in our studio, well, in my spare time guys can still play!)

February 24, 2012 | 10:28 AM - Posted by Xen (not verified)

I have been putting off upgrading my q6600 (SLACR - remember that?) for a while now, maybe you guys can make it easy for me. Best PC podcast, great job guys.

February 24, 2012 | 02:08 PM - Posted by Nomegar

I would finally record and edit training videos for different software solutions we're using at work. I would also record video game footage to share with friends and maybe make training videos for gaming too!

It's also mighty tempting to spend more time with the guitar and share my creative impulses.

February 24, 2012 | 02:15 PM - Posted by Zero (not verified)

I currently produce music and am using an old Anthlon XP 2500+ with 1 gig of ram for my Ableton tracks. I can't work live, even with a 1 second buffer and it really sucks :(

I have to render my projects, listen, change, render, etc and my workflow takes a big hit. Things that my peers are able to do in minutes I have to take hours to complete.

I'd use this machine to work in real time, cutting my project time down from weeks to hopefully days.

Thanks for the contest!

February 24, 2012 | 04:38 PM - Posted by abutton

Nice rig, hope I can get it so I can finally replace my aging box and get something worth producing music on.

February 24, 2012 | 05:44 PM - Posted by Guy (not verified)

Great music machine PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs! Would love to explore new music possibilities with it.

February 24, 2012 | 07:18 PM - Posted by Nacelle

My son's computer is getting a little long-in-the-tooth. This would make a nice upgrade for him.

February 24, 2012 | 10:21 PM - Posted by Lynda Mattera (not verified)

I have a music studio but not using the right equipment,very outdated, PCAudioLabs is adding Cakewalk Sonar X1 Essential, Native Instruments Komplete Element's, IK Multimedia's Amplitube FREE and much more. This is just amazing! Thank you! You will make someone very very happy!

February 24, 2012 | 10:56 PM - Posted by Nathan Foster (not verified)

I will turn my daughter into the next YouTube recording sensation! :)

February 25, 2012 | 01:32 AM - Posted by ryan gunawardana (not verified)

i'd like to try this new rig on my video & audio production work tnx PCPer , PCAudioLabs, for this amazing give away

February 25, 2012 | 02:45 AM - Posted by billb79

Thank you PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs! Need a new system to play the new Mass Effect 3!

February 25, 2012 | 03:46 PM - Posted by Graham13

Wow what a great giveway! I've been a long time listener to the show. If I win, I plan on using the hardware and software to start my own podcast.

Thanks PCPer and PCAudiolabs! Good luck to all!

February 25, 2012 | 07:29 PM - Posted by AdrianHinkley

I am a PC guy, and I have just begun diving into the world of home recording. I currently use a Toshiba Satellite laptop, but even with 8 gigs of RAM, it's still not as fast as I would like it to be to handle my DAW, which is PreSonus Studio One. Not only that, I can't replace my mediocre AMD Athlon II P320 CPU. PCAudioLabs has an established reputation for being the best PCs for recording artists. In fact, one of my all-time favorite guitarists, Jeff Waters of Annihilator, swears by them. PCAL uses the best components possible to make PC audio production as smooth as it can be right out of the box. Having a PC that is built strictly with audio production in mind can only inspire me to do my best work as I hone my recording chops.

February 25, 2012 | 09:22 PM - Posted by bootmeup (not verified)

Thank you PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs!

This would be great to replace my AMD Athlon XP that has been overclocked from the and days. It is kind of slow today, running at only 1964MHz with only DDR memory 9.5 X 206.7MHz. So this setup I have now would be to laggy with the effects on my Ibanez RG320.

try to log on to your new web site, but i guess my email address was from a old IP provider. Plus it say, something like, bootmeup is a unknown user name.


February 26, 2012 | 01:35 AM - Posted by Frostbite1231 (not verified)

I've never heard of these guys before. Seems pretty cool and I'd love to win this!

February 26, 2012 | 04:15 AM - Posted by gregory bodish (not verified)

This awesome powerhouse of a setup will handle all of my guitar recordind duties with ease

February 26, 2012 | 05:57 AM - Posted by dffd

I would use it to replace my pc I lost in my house fire and cant afford to replace because they wouldn't sell renters insurance to me because it was to close to the water.

February 26, 2012 | 06:21 AM - Posted by John C. Smith (not verified)

Man, this rig is just perfect for songwriting. Getting it down quickly, and well! Very well...

February 26, 2012 | 06:41 AM - Posted by David Alexander McDonald (not verified)

Now this is the sort of computer that would get me right to work on the bones of the symphony project, as well as tinkering with my usual soundscapes and wild ideas. I need something that will crunch harder than what I've been using.

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