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!!

March 2, 2012 | 08:43 PM - Posted by Joseph Benavides (not verified)

nice gear! if i won this, my buddy will have a blast with this rig for his sound engineering works

March 2, 2012 | 08:44 PM - Posted by Magicbane (not verified)

Thanks guys for offering such a great sweepstakes:)
We can actually do ANYTHING with this beast :D

March 2, 2012 | 08:47 PM - Posted by LliamLliam

I'm a Game Designer and would love to have this to build the custom soundscapes and themes for my work. While not working, I'm sure I could find the music to unlock my muse.

March 2, 2012 | 08:47 PM - Posted by William Fowler (not verified)

Create enthusiasm!!!!

March 2, 2012 | 08:56 PM - Posted by HaM (not verified)

ooooooo la la tres puissant comme systeme j espere avoir une chance de gagner pour completer mon studio avec une presonus ca driverai tres tres bien

March 2, 2012 | 09:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

awesome I would be playing games and watching movies with awesome sound!!!

March 2, 2012 | 09:08 PM - Posted by Jajuka

What a great set of components! My brother has been trying to record their band's music. I'd love to help out with this PC. This would give me the ability to really get their music done right.

March 2, 2012 | 09:11 PM - Posted by Low023

PCAudioLabs and PC Perspective Rok, you have the most informative page for learning about new stuff for me to lust for. This amazing sweepstakes is no different, that PC would change my life!

March 2, 2012 | 09:14 PM - Posted by Andrew Smith (not verified)

Awesome giveaway, and a great site

March 2, 2012 | 09:16 PM - Posted by Andrew Smith (not verified)

great giveaway

March 2, 2012 | 09:17 PM - Posted by Daniel (not verified)

I plan to play the current video games on all high settings with this system.

March 2, 2012 | 09:20 PM - Posted by Karen (not verified)

I would like to use it to mix some music. I would also like to insert the music into some videos that I have created.

March 2, 2012 | 09:37 PM - Posted by QA Tester (not verified)

I'll let my son edit away with this system...
He loves audio in all it's forms. Thanks for giving it away!

March 2, 2012 | 09:39 PM - Posted by Chris R. (not verified)

I may not be too good at sampling audio, but if I won, this computer would definitely get used to do so. Why not learn to do something as awesome as make something that everyone likes, as well as play tons of games ofc :)

March 2, 2012 | 09:46 PM - Posted by Jason Cooper (not verified)

Having the rokbox would definitely open avenues I have never travelled before meaning audio creation. I have never dabbled in audio creation and this opportunity would make it so much easier to do so with the hardware and software in this machine. For the parts, you couldn't have chose wiser with intel's x79 platform since I know tasks like audio creation need lots of processing power from the audio card and the cpu. Don't get me wrong, there would be entertainment uses for the machine too with what it has to offer.

Thanks for the contest pc perspective and pc audio labs,well done!

March 2, 2012 | 09:47 PM - Posted by Jawneh (not verified)

To be perfectly honest, I haven't really done almost any music of my own. Some years back I did give it a whirl with an online app that some website was hosting where you could make your own synthesized music. People could judge other peoples creations and the ones that did good won prizes. I think I only got a few pity votes from my friends, but at least I liked what I had made.

But maybe if I happen to be the lucky one to win, I can promise I will give music creation another go and see what I can do and let you guys see what I have managed to do.

March 2, 2012 | 09:55 PM - Posted by TR1PW1R3

Thanks for sponsoring this contest and giving us the chance to win this awesome set up.

March 2, 2012 | 10:02 PM - Posted by Doby42 (not verified)

This will be my main server and core entertainment center in the house, hosting my MCE recording, video editing, and gaming project.

March 2, 2012 | 10:09 PM - Posted by Spencer Fast (not verified)

Great looking system - would help tremendously

March 2, 2012 | 10:13 PM - Posted by Eric Diaz (not verified)

I plan on recording some songs from my guitar for me and my buddy.

March 2, 2012 | 10:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i would love to win this system. it would replace a core 2 duo laptop. while i am not currently involved with any audio creations, if i win this pc i would have my good friend's band come over to use this. i would really like to support them and a high powered audio pc would give them the edge they need to get signed

March 2, 2012 | 10:15 PM - Posted by Chris Barber (not verified)

OMG I want this system!!! Holy cow, I create music currently on an ancient AMD based system with a Sound Blaster Live card. HA! I spend so much time waiting on the darn thing I don't get a lot done at one. This system will take me to the next level, just from the software that comes with it, let alone the freaking awesome hardware too.

March 2, 2012 | 10:15 PM - Posted by Chris Barber (not verified)

OMG I want this system!!! Holy cow, I create music currently on an ancient AMD based system with a Sound Blaster Live card. HA! I spend so much time waiting on the darn thing I don't get a lot done at one. This system will take me to the next level, just from the software that comes with it, let alone the freaking awesome hardware too.

March 2, 2012 | 10:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i love to win this

March 2, 2012 | 10:20 PM - Posted by teresa maracle (not verified)

i think this a awesome machine i would love to own it.

March 2, 2012 | 10:25 PM - Posted by wmmills (not verified)

Thanx for this contest guys. I would put this to good use tracking, editing, engineering a bunch of actual bands I'm friends with and play in. I love analog, but a system with this kind of power might just give me a much better appreciation for digital audio editing. It will def be nice to see how a analog/digital mix project will end up!! \m/

March 2, 2012 | 10:28 PM - Posted by munkel42 (not verified)

Hats off to PCPer, PCAudioLabs, Intel, and ASUS!!! Your make the perfect combo!

March 2, 2012 | 10:42 PM - Posted by Yornike (not verified)

this set up will really allow me to work with my passion for music. hopefully i can make it big and live the dream well winning this would already be a like a dream haha thanks =)
PCPer and PCAudiolabs

March 2, 2012 | 11:04 PM - Posted by eblood613

I've been into music my entire life, both as a musician and a fan. I've tried experimenting and looking into audio engineering but unfortunately I've never had the tools or money to be able to get into this seriously. I would love for a chance to turn my bad luck around and get into something that I can actually enjoy doing. Thanks to all the sponsors for this great opportunity.

March 2, 2012 | 11:10 PM - Posted by Joel Schuppe (not verified)

I have an ancient DAW in our rehearsal space, running open source software which is no longer being actively devloped and also doesn't natively support many plugins.

We have been writing new music, but are unable to really record it properly on the current hardware. We have been saving for a while for a new DAW, but winning this rok box would enable us to begin actively tracking the new songs we have written and spend the money we have saved on a new and better audio interface.

We are not a professional band or a professional studio, this box would be of tremendous value to us in kickstarting the recording of our new material and begining a professional sounding EP for demoing.

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