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 27, 2012 | 05:13 PM - Posted by VikingVR (not verified)

This is a terrific sponsorship! Thank you to all the companies that made it happen and kudos to PCPER and PCAudioLabs for putting this on. Recently, I've been discussing with a friend about the possibility of putting out a video podcast aimed at 35 to 60 computing enthusiasts’ age bracket. I’m impressed with the format that PCPER accomplishes with their weekly vidcasts, and I'd like to carry that forward to a monthly show aimed at older, mature enthusiasts and families looking to expand their knowledge about computing technologies and computer/network engineering. I don't know if there is much of a market but I can imagine a few brainstorming sessions would yield several areas of content that could possibly produce interest into generating a community of practice that would encompass computing discussions and maker projects. The mission would be to encourage computing education akin to that of the Khan academy. This gear would help immensely in reaching the goal to produce such a show!

February 27, 2012 | 05:35 PM - Posted by Jasper John S. Cecilio (not verified)

This is an amazing system!!It will really help me alot to finish my 3d game for my thesis. This system would benefit greatly in helping me editing sound effects.

February 27, 2012 | 09:17 PM - Posted by Leland Osborne (not verified)

I'm going to use this system to start my journey into music production, and maybe a bit of gaming ;)

February 27, 2012 | 10:42 PM - Posted by Carl De Vera (not verified)

those hardwares surely are highend thanks for the chance pc audiolabs and intel.. ILOVE the parts of that rig its like music to my ears when I hear about those high end parts ggrr

February 28, 2012 | 01:03 AM - Posted by bryceboy95

this will be awesome if I win because im starting to make dubstep and music for my friend and my youtube channel and all so I love design and play game. i think it would be awesome because my computer is starting to shit its self.

February 28, 2012 | 06:31 AM - Posted by vbb1964 (not verified)

I plan to use this rig to recreate Ryan's voice pattern and fire Josh over the phone for being a know it all.

Then I will call Josh back pretending to be David Hewlett and give him my EX's phone number and tell him it is my sister's and she would like him to call her and say nasty things.

After that I will pretend to be a minion from hell and tell Jeremy to keep up the good work.

Then I will call Allyn and cluck out a binary pattern telling him the time to strike is now.

Finally I will call David Hewlett and tell him what I think about his YouTube video.

February 28, 2012 | 07:15 AM - Posted by HyBry (not verified)

I would mostly enjoy having a new system :)

Thank you for great contest PCPer , PCAudioLabs.

February 28, 2012 | 08:58 AM - Posted by LiVECrys

Awesome contest. I do live production and recording and editing audio in real time is a huge bonus. We constantly do live interviews and need to repackage it for web immediately. This would really help that happen more efficiently.


February 28, 2012 | 10:38 AM - Posted by Ted Gomez (not verified)

Great system, a great addtition for all your recording needs. Thanks for giveaway PC Per and PCAudioLabs!

February 28, 2012 | 01:57 PM - Posted by berocent (not verified)

An epic audio production system? Of course I'd want it, editing hundreds of songs makes my PC do the freezing dance..
ROCBOX seems to be made wit quality, I'm sure It would make me recording, mixing, producing and mastering go smoothly ^^

pozdrav muzičarima ;)

February 28, 2012 | 03:31 PM - Posted by Matt Roach (not verified)

I'll use this system to record hours upon hours of epic guitar rocking awesomeness. I'll finally be able to shred some lead over the best damn rhythm guitarist I Also, I'll probably check my email, might have to let the wife read her Facebook wall from if it replaces my old computer I'll have to let my play video games on it....and my daughter will undoubtedly watch Sesame Street on it. BUT! Once they are all done..or in bed..let's be honest, they'll need to be out fo town for some reason...THEN, THEN I will tear holes in space-time with my Satanic riff-based metal musings!!

February 28, 2012 | 03:42 PM - Posted by Parke Anderson (not verified)

With great power comes great responsibility! I think that fits here as well (i.e. I bet porn sounds killer on this). Therefore I vow to use this machine only for good (like recording my son's first guitar solo and sending it to family) and never evil (dubbing Rick Astley over family home videos and posting them on Facebook)!

Rock on!

February 28, 2012 | 05:28 PM - Posted by mttaz1005 (not verified)

I would love to use this in my production. I shoot video and would use this awesome PC for creating music and foliage for my films!

February 28, 2012 | 05:31 PM - Posted by jmtp190

I love you PCPer and PCAudioLabs

February 28, 2012 | 08:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This system is the obvious step up from my first PC audiolabs system. I have the greatest plug-ins--EWQLSO,Omnisphere,Komplete 6 and others. I dream of having these all work together and with more RAM capability I can do it. I can upgrade to Windows 7 and get Cubase 6 and Sibelius 7 to work on my sketches. The only thing that stands in the way of me writing the compositions I have in my head and heart is the hardware. The Rockbox is it!!!
You guys are the best.

February 28, 2012 | 10:18 PM - Posted by Kevin (not verified)

Sounds cool. My studio needs an upgrade ;)

February 28, 2012 | 10:19 PM - Posted by ReuTEch (not verified)

I'd love to add this machine to my Audio stack! In any event, thanks for this great contest!!!!

February 28, 2012 | 10:26 PM - Posted by Jim (not verified)

Hey the Ides of March is around the corner and Ides love this system.

February 28, 2012 | 10:33 PM - Posted by imavior

The Rok Box would be an unbelievable improvement over my 7 year old system and would be the anchor of my home recording studio. Thanks!

February 29, 2012 | 10:38 AM - Posted by my3sons91

I have two sons in high school that could use this for their school projects in Contemporary Media classes. My old laptop they are using now has been thru the ringer. Thank you PC Perspective for the great podcasts and reviews you have up.
David Baxter

February 29, 2012 | 02:11 PM - Posted by dice1000 (not verified)

the fans on my computer don't help when am recording, i would love to hear how silent these computers are

February 29, 2012 | 05:55 PM - Posted by Christopher Anderson (not verified)

I run the YouTube channel, and I create an eclectic mix of VFX videos (Action, Comedy, Music, etc.).

The Rok Box would be a great boost in power for my editing and music creation needs in my videos!!

February 29, 2012 | 07:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm building a studio again after a hiatus of 15 years and have been forced to do so on a very tight budget. This system would surely expand my options and help show my son what I used to do in the olden days, but not with tape and dozens of patch cords this time.

February 29, 2012 | 07:24 PM - Posted by Bill Heins (not verified)

I would definitely consider taking my current DAW machine and turning it into a satllite and using the Rokbox as the master. I'd love to start farming out parts of my EWQL Symp. Orchestra Plat. Plus to a separate machine for each section....then do the same thing for everything else I have installed ;)

Thanks for the chance to vastly improve my studio!!

February 29, 2012 | 07:34 PM - Posted by Lane Gaffney (not verified)

Thank You PC Perspective.
I plan on opening an online label.
The Rok BoX well be the center of my studio. I will also sponsor young talent in the area who don't have the money but the talent to record their songs. I plan on trying to find two students a semester, working with the high school music dept.
Thank You for this contest!

February 29, 2012 | 07:51 PM - Posted by james dirtykics dickerson (not verified)

I would utilize this like any other person would: as the heart of my digital mixing rig. I have a taste for nice plug-ins like most guys (and gals) in the field but, rather than going out and buying as many as possible w/o knowing absolute functionality. i want to have a system that will allow me to push and punch it like guys would from back in the days with compressors, eq's and such. I feel like there has to be "trick" hidden within these that would encourage the creation of a new plug in. my current set would not allow for such experimentation since its fairly old and needs vitamins, hahaha. well that's what i'd do... hope to come up for consideration at least... thanks for the chance... james

February 29, 2012 | 08:07 PM - Posted by guitarstanley

I use a laptop right now and while it does OK in some areas it is sorely lacking in others. I think this system will have plenty of power to run all my software and plug ins!

February 29, 2012 | 08:09 PM - Posted by Bassogator (not verified)

If I am the lucky one - I would divide my actual system which is made of a pretty fast and "fat" machine (nearly same specs as the one to win (so I must admit I am a badass for wanting to win ;) ) my actual machine would be then for normal stuff like working and gaming and the new one would be only for recording purposes - or vice versa (depends on how loud the rokbox is at high performance)

thx for the contest, cheers!

February 29, 2012 | 08:15 PM - Posted by Azulluna137

I would love to win this system. If I won, I would use it to produce a podcast with my son.

Thank you PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs for this great sweepstakes!

February 29, 2012 | 09:21 PM - Posted by Shay (not verified)

I'd use it mainly for audio, but for video and other multimedia as well. I would record my first solo project if I won. Thanks! ;-)

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