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 20, 2012 | 02:28 PM - Posted by Joshua Carpenter (not verified)

Nifty contest; what a cool rig for some serious audio editing.

February 20, 2012 | 02:34 PM - Posted by honda (not verified)

I want to use this to record my band that i am working with in toronto,Canada. We definitely gonna use it to the max potiential!, Rok Box will make it easy as a stand alone workstation just for audio!

February 20, 2012 | 02:42 PM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

I would use this system as a 2nd pc for myself. PICK MEMEMEEMME

February 20, 2012 | 02:45 PM - Posted by jontoxic

Thank You PC Audio Labs for the great support of PCPER, If I win this PC, It will greatly be me score an art exhibit.

February 20, 2012 | 02:48 PM - Posted by sh4un

Great looking rig. I am not very creative at all, and couldn't compose a listenable piece of music if my life depended on it. I am a good consumer, though, so I would use it as a gaming rig, and media streamer.

February 20, 2012 | 02:58 PM - Posted by Rory Sutherland (not verified)

Fl studios and gaming sounds like the plan :)
Thanks to pcAudioLabs for the great build.

February 20, 2012 | 02:58 PM - Posted by Kilroywashere (not verified)

My brother has a youtube channel so I will be able to edit his vidoes. I could up date my pc from like mine that I got in 2009 or 2010. The GPU & more RAM could help me when I make photos in Fireworks CS5. Since my pc is a little old the little sound system I have could sound wayyy better since my pc's sound suck. The GPU can also let me run games that I play on my spare time. I would love to win this since I was thinking of making a new pc but I lack funs and time.

February 20, 2012 | 03:12 PM - Posted by wargames12

Playing in two different bands (one reggae, one punk), I've been striving for making a home recording setup but what ive lacked mostly is the cash for a decent recording rig. with this i would be able to grab some drum mics and get right into it. it would be so awesome! time at a decent studio is ridiculously expensive, so i would love to be able to complete my home studio.

February 20, 2012 | 03:20 PM - Posted by Benj Hamilton (not verified)

I would use this to help my indy game development business get started. Likely to record sound effects, and to process audio. I haven't updated my system for recording since 2004 and I really miss writing music.

February 20, 2012 | 03:23 PM - Posted by tzaar0723 (not verified)

As a recording/writing musician, this would be an amazing upgrade to my current set-up, and the beginning of an awesome home recording studio! Please toss my entry into the hat for this contest, and thanks PCPER and PCAudioLabs! :)

February 20, 2012 | 03:25 PM - Posted by guano

With this system, I could finally have dedicated hardware for my recording. Reducing hardware/software conflicts by not changing the configuration is vital in production. This is a key missing piece to my setup! I'm using KRK Rokit 5's and Rokit 10s and an m-audio ProFire 610 on my PC to record and mix at the moment. The dedicated hard drives would be a really nice touch. I'm currently using 2, not 3. All of my software is aging. I would love some new tools! Engineering is really more my thing than songwriting. I have played guitar for almost 20 years but gear is my passion. This rig will just give me so much more flexibility to set up a permanent recording space separate from my gaming PC. I have to carry my Antec P182 up and down the stairs to record drums and guitar in my space. I can move the vocal recording space to the downstairs but there is no room upstairs for a kit and the space under my stairs is a perfect spot for a half stack to be recorded... Thank you PCPer, Intel and PCAudioLabs!

February 20, 2012 | 03:26 PM - Posted by Jared Lardie (not verified)

Hey! wanted to congratulate whomever wins this beast of media desktop! I have been wanting to get into editing music more but lack the tools to do so most of the time, just want to enjoy some quality components and make some crisp music and help my friend rise into dubstep industry. thanks!

February 20, 2012 | 03:26 PM - Posted by Drackon (not verified)

wow sweet system would love a upgrade my computer was built when xp was king and vista just started ugh i really need a upgrade

February 20, 2012 | 03:27 PM - Posted by thisjustanother (not verified)

would be running the best programs to try to make this machine handle what it was ment to handle. spending countless hours gaming and working.

February 20, 2012 | 03:28 PM - Posted by Christian Lardie (not verified)

As a college student, I'm pursuing an Associates in Applied Science, but as a marching band student, music is in my blood, and I'd probably get back into DJ-ing small gigs to help pay for college tuition. Right now my dual core AMD rig can't exactly handle PCDJ software, or the Video DJ software! :)
Thanks for the great contest.

February 20, 2012 | 03:31 PM - Posted by jcap125

I've love to use this pcaudiolabs setup to work on new sound effects and music for some video game mod's that I have been working on. Given the quality of hardware in this setup, there's no doubt in my mind that it would boost productivity.

Thanks to both PC Perspective and pcaudiolabs for this fantastic opportunity! Good luck to everyone!

February 20, 2012 | 03:31 PM - Posted by jcap125

Oops. Double post! I apologize.

February 20, 2012 | 03:31 PM - Posted by Captivity06

I would game with it and give my current rig to my little brother. I would also do some light music editing but I won't lie i don't do that sort of thing much anymore. Anywho thanks for the opportunity to win this pc!

February 20, 2012 | 03:31 PM - Posted by flynn

Thank you PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs i am getting a new keyboard soon which connected to this will make life fantastic to use record and change all aspects of my home studio

February 20, 2012 | 03:32 PM - Posted by Erik (not verified)

I would love a machine like that! Just the quality would destroy my current computer, good luck to all!

February 20, 2012 | 03:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This will be a great upgrade, and I will be actually able to edit live music right after church is over

February 20, 2012 | 03:33 PM - Posted by erakith

I've been playing around with Cubase and Logic forever, but the my lack of sound quality and performance parts makes the task monotonous and generally unfun.
It can be quite a motivation killer to sit in front of a machine for quite some time doing what people with the luxury of a better computer could do in half the time (or less.)

I'm heavily influenced by genre-splicing - genres like trip hop, for example (see Portishead, Wax Tailor, UNKLE, Chinese Man). I also love remixing tracks and taking them out of their intended demographic, like dropping a classical backing to what was once a rather aggressive hip-hop track.

Creativity is endless, however bank balances are not, and I simply cannot afford to build a PC to suit my needs.

All that said, thanks for posting these sweeps, it's great that there'll be one more musician with the tools to create masterpieces - even if it isn't me.

Thanks!

February 20, 2012 | 03:37 PM - Posted by KAnonymous (not verified)

Nice job,sweet gear

February 20, 2012 | 03:38 PM - Posted by Javier Ortiz (not verified)

Awesome rig! Planning a digital home studio for my kiddos and their friends. This would work absolute great for this purpose. Cheers!

February 20, 2012 | 03:39 PM - Posted by MoDeMFoX (not verified)

This would be an awesome machine for editing music for my podcasts.

February 20, 2012 | 03:40 PM - Posted by Beneath the undergroung (not verified)

I am just starting into the recording business and the computer i am using is out of date

February 20, 2012 | 03:40 PM - Posted by jj_Sky5000 (not verified)

i would use the system to Create awesome video sound content for my hardware reviews

February 20, 2012 | 03:42 PM - Posted by jj_Sky5000 (not verified)

i would use the system to create awesome video audio for youtube

February 20, 2012 | 03:42 PM - Posted by Brandon Kramer (not verified)

I would use this computer for making short films, also to edit some of my friends music since they are using way old technology. Anything to help out my friends.

February 20, 2012 | 03:49 PM - Posted by lcarsos (not verified)

w00t! Go PCAudioLabs!

With this box I'd be able to bring my current editing rig into the 21st century!

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