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

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems | March 5, 2012 - 12:32 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 26, 2012 | 06:53 AM - Posted by bhusebye

From what I see this system is everything I would need to start rocking with .vst plugins. I would so totally use this to start recording my voice and my playing. I started with the machine I have with Mixcraft Pro Studio and Amplitube Jimi Hendrix and there is so much static on my system its unusable. I dont know where to start to try it do things better or to just scrap my pc and make a Windows 7 box. I have heard XP has cyclic static issues. Anyway Thanks for the great chance to even try to win this sweet and awesome system!

February 26, 2012 | 06:56 AM - Posted by RickO (not verified)

I'd use this to further my goal to become an accomplished audio engineer

February 26, 2012 | 07:41 AM - Posted by Moods (not verified)

Fantastic giveaway! I've been needing to upgrade my recording system for years and this would be a sweet system. Thanks for hosting!

February 26, 2012 | 07:43 AM - Posted by Mike2 (not verified)

It'd be awesome to have that kind of audio production horsepower! I could do my own multitracking right in the jam room! Those look like specs for a more than competent gaming computer too, for when no one is looking. ;)

February 26, 2012 | 07:46 AM - Posted by Corky

First off, THANKS PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs for giving back! I know everyone really appreciates it. This really is an awesome prize. I really enjoy your articles and podcasts. I always recommend your website to anyone who is looking into computer hardware. Keep up the fantastic work.

February 26, 2012 | 08:10 AM - Posted by rubensahas (not verified)

wow thiz is a great give away it really help me in improving my recrding better all my recrding were old so now itz not producing good sound so i wanna thiz thnx fr the great oppurtunity

February 26, 2012 | 09:01 AM - Posted by ptrott (not verified)

I would use this system (with the addition of some nice monitors and mics) to collaborate with my son in recording some of his and my original works. He's used Cakewalk before to record some stuff with his band, so he can teach me the ropes. Thanks for the contest!

February 26, 2012 | 09:10 AM - Posted by mattr1111

This would be great to make all of my training videos with.
I do an awful lot of training, and we are looking to branch out in to videos, this could certainly help with that.
Thanks

February 26, 2012 | 09:54 AM - Posted by pcperspectivefan

Wow, there are so many ways that I could use this system! I have a number of recording projects in the works for the 2 bands I'm in plus a solo project that would be vastly improved by a system of this quality. I also do a fair amount of audio engineering for others, but this system versus a shared laptop that I currently use - well, there's no comparison. Thanks for the opportunity!!

February 26, 2012 | 09:57 AM - Posted by Jason Judge (not verified)

I have 2 1/2 albums sitting on my hard drive of my computer which died. First I lost my Tascam FW-1082, then the same week I lost my PC board and processor. I need a whole new setup to finish my albums and get the online to sell......

February 26, 2012 | 10:21 AM - Posted by ME (not verified)

I'm going to use it to record my band and do sound mixing for my indie films.

February 26, 2012 | 11:16 AM - Posted by Brent (not verified)

Great giveaway! I will use it to record both my own solo material and the various projects I play with. Thanks again.

February 26, 2012 | 11:17 AM - Posted by Stefan Nimcevic (not verified)

Im making music with my guitar.And making remixes.And this computer would realy help me make it to the top! :)

February 26, 2012 | 11:53 AM - Posted by andrew (not verified)

I want this so I can produce demos for my band Dressed To Impress...it would really mean a lot as all the gear that I own literally is borrowed or purchased cheap from relatives...

February 26, 2012 | 02:29 PM - Posted by chondro

Thanks PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs!

February 26, 2012 | 02:29 PM - Posted by Emil Ronning (not verified)

That thing is a monster!

For some time i've been looking for gear and stuff to start recording my ideas, but my laptop is way too slow. This computer would be a godsend! I've heard nothing but great things about all the components (especially RokBox!)

Cheers!

February 26, 2012 | 02:57 PM - Posted by Ryan Holt (not verified)

This looks like something that would be spectacular for me. My rig is unfortunately lacking in almost all areas, and I really need an upgrade. With this set up I could make some excellent tracks!

February 26, 2012 | 03:09 PM - Posted by Eric (not verified)

I would use the comp to start doing some recordings at home. All I have right now is a laptop, and it's just not powerful enough!

February 26, 2012 | 03:33 PM - Posted by Victor (not verified)

I plan on building a recording station out of the Rok Box. I will finally be able to record using a system that can handle large audio files, hardware, and properly capture songs.

February 26, 2012 | 03:43 PM - Posted by MrValve

I'd let my son use this. He plays digital piano and is going into high school next year. He's really creative and this would be a great tool for him.

February 26, 2012 | 05:24 PM - Posted by Steve (not verified)

It would help me master songs without having to buy all of the new stuff!

February 26, 2012 | 08:41 PM - Posted by Jimmy Arcade (not verified)

I currently have a minimal gear setup, with a Lexicon audio interface and Garage Band. I would love to expand my recording options with such a sweet setup as the Rok Box, from PC Audio Labs. I would use it to record my own songs, as well as those of my friends and music community!

February 26, 2012 | 08:46 PM - Posted by vringer

I'd be sooo happy to use this for my video editing! I am still using an AMD 64 so this would be an amaaazing upgrade. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. :)

February 27, 2012 | 09:51 AM - Posted by Eric Cox (not verified)

What an awesome giveaway! This system would be a massive upgrade over the POS system I'm currently using! Thanks!

February 27, 2012 | 09:51 AM - Posted by Dane (not verified)

This would be sweet!

February 27, 2012 | 11:58 AM - Posted by Jeffrey (not verified)

I would you this system to create the best folk rock sound I can and hopefully make someone smile.

February 27, 2012 | 12:08 PM - Posted by Roelf Mik (not verified)

Greetings,

My name is Roelf Mik. I study Composition & Sounddesign for Adaptive Systems at the Utrecht School for Music & Technology in Hilversum, the Netherlands. As a student in a field that is constantly moving, having a system that is up to date is vital. My current computer is slowly beginning to fall apart and I lack the money to purchase a new system. If I win this contest I can finally stop worrying about my computer rejecting my audio interface while recording new material/working on new material, or my computer freezing when I'm copying too many samples at once, or the constant humming of the ventilator that prevents me from making clean recording at home... My computer and I were best friends once, but... Lately we've been having some serious arguments.

I need a new good computer to be able to efficiently work on new music and software. The system you are presenting here is 100% perfect. It would really, really help me out a lot.

I hope I win & thank you for reading!

Roelf Mik,

February 27, 2012 | 01:36 PM - Posted by Florentin (not verified)

I love karaoke and this computer is too strong for my experience!

February 27, 2012 | 02:01 PM - Posted by Jerry Lafferty (not verified)

Ive been using Mixcraft Pro 5 and my Asus to make and mix music, it works is about what I will say. But I would most certainly love to get my mits on this setup. Great giveaway! Thanks and Good luck to all.

February 27, 2012 | 02:02 PM - Posted by Jasper John S. Cecilio (not verified)

I will give my current desktop computer to my little brother so that he can study his lessons well...then I will use this monster rig to study more about 3D animations..

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