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!!

March 4, 2012 | 09:37 AM - Posted by rrplay

The PC Audio Labs Rok Box combine the perfect mix of both hardware and software that would be most suitable for me to further explore and actually produce the audio that has been envisioned in my head,for quite some time.It can be frustrating to hear 'stuff' in one's head and believe it to be possible, but can't seem to get there without the proper tools.
Actually I think that the PC Audio Labs Rok Box rig combined with the software is an instrument all by itself.
Having a background that is mostly acoustic,& the ability to score for all the orchestral instrument is one thing, The potential of creation with digital software and the support available are truly inspirational to actually get done ! :)
Thank you PC Perspective and PC Audio Labs for this opportunity for the possibility to make some sonic 'visions' in one's head a reality some day.

March 4, 2012 | 10:59 AM - Posted by Liz Honig (not verified)

My husband is an avid follower of your website and podcasts and when he saw the contest announcement, he thought of our granddaughter. She is proficient in music and art and we'd love to see what she could do, musically and artistically, with this computer. Thank you for the opportunity.

March 4, 2012 | 11:13 AM - Posted by Pavel Smirnov (not verified)

it will help me in my social projects and i will have more time to make my work as i won't have to share my current PC with my little daughter so she could watch her cartoons

March 4, 2012 | 12:26 PM - Posted by Dorothy H (not verified)

In order for me to utilize a system like this, I'm going to have to hit the tutorial guides because I'm a complete novice. But don't count me out. I'm game.

March 4, 2012 | 12:57 PM - Posted by NeoForever (not verified)

Thx for the sweeps. This rig will help me create music and especially make live mixes at low latencies and higher quality.

March 4, 2012 | 01:25 PM - Posted by jujoak (not verified)

Would love to win a system like this. I desperately need a new computer. Mine is a dinosaur.
Thank you for contest and great work to PCPer , PCAudioLabs.

March 4, 2012 | 01:46 PM - Posted by

I would actually give this computer to my son, he is super talented and a great kid. All the computers in our house are limited and don't allow him to do the things he envisions, this computer would do that and so much more!! With his ideas and this computer I believe the possibilities will be endless!!

March 4, 2012 | 03:26 PM - Posted by Jens Junker (not verified)

It would be my personal home studio connected with my other music devices

March 4, 2012 | 05:00 PM - Posted by Heather Kalist (not verified)

I love the power this setup puts out. I could really use this for my DJ gig. I play at weddings, anniversary's, graduation parties you name it. Thanks for the chance PC Audio Labs.

March 4, 2012 | 05:43 PM - Posted by comtechy (not verified)

Great contest!
I would love to win this rig, so I could build the ultimate sound-machine. I would be using it to create the sound effects and score for a movie I have been working on.

March 4, 2012 | 06:30 PM - Posted by Joel K (not verified)

If I won this computer, I would use it to make some epic music for the game montages I would also record with the great 560Ti card. Thanks for the contest and keep up the good work!

March 4, 2012 | 06:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I can build my sis a new computer.

March 4, 2012 | 07:29 PM - Posted by uncleyankee

Awesome build, i would do some mixing, gaming and i would get into music production.

March 5, 2012 | 01:45 AM - Posted by Brad C (not verified)

Thank you PCAudioLabs for supporting my favorite podcast PC Perspective. Because of quality sponsors such as yourself, the PC Perspective podcast is able to provide and keep me up to date on my weekly hardware news while I search for a job. Multitasking for the win.

Current system: with a 320GB HD upgrade. And a 17" external monitor with.

Yeah I kinda need this system upgrade. I feel like I've been living in the stone age and I haven't played a real PC game in 4+ years.

March 5, 2012 | 05:00 AM - Posted by Prada Pas Cher (not verified)

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March 5, 2012 | 11:02 AM - Posted by Lamar Bowen (not verified)

Thank you for a chance at this awesome rig. First and foremost I am a gamer but with the power this beast has to offer I would be most interested in learning how to DJ digitally. My cousin is also an aspiring musician so I would find some way to coordinate something with him as well. Thanks to all the sponsors and good luck to everyone :)

March 5, 2012 | 12:44 PM - Posted by Gotmilk

Thanks PC Perspective and PCAudioLabs. I think, if I won, I would use this system to do some video editing and transcoding of a ton of old family 'stuff' on video - making some digital copies.

I'd also work on some family photographs in the same fashion - transferring photos to a digital format.

...and a game or two would sneak in on that system!=P.

March 5, 2012 | 12:47 PM - Posted by Ralph (not verified)

Just a dynamite collection of components and software! Love the Podcast!

March 5, 2012 | 12:55 PM - Posted by Ndosmoke (not verified)

I used to be a DJ back in high school and college but back on vinyl and Technic 1200's - would love to get back in to mixing but with some updated methods!

March 5, 2012 | 01:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Not sure what Id use if for cause Ive never had a computer that powerful bit id definitely use all that power.

March 5, 2012 | 01:53 PM - Posted by matti alexander christensen (not verified)

this system would not only be a great help to our group it would be highly needed. the 4 of us young guys have scraped together just enough money to start building a studio in a spare bedroom, and winning this system would enable us to go a bit further on the sound proofing, or perhaps go for a better mixer, as well as generally being outside of the pricerange we would be able to use on our studio computer.

March 5, 2012 | 03:30 PM - Posted by Eric N (not verified)

My 4 year old PC just can't keep up any more. I would use this new PC to help even more with my brother's music.

March 5, 2012 | 03:31 PM - Posted by stealhrt (not verified)

Thank you PC Audio Labs for supporting, I love these guys. To win this PC would make my year, as I am a musician in the process of writing new tunes.

March 5, 2012 | 03:39 PM - Posted by RushManiac

Well..Thanks PC Per and PCAL for contest and I have always wanted to make my own horror movie and this would be the perfect computer to start on that long journey. Just think of all the sounds and music you can make with this computer and then link it to a horror movie. Behind every great horror movie are great sounds and music..think Halloween..JAWS..Friday the 13th..etc!! Without the music/sound effects..they wouldn't be horror classics!

March 5, 2012 | 03:42 PM - Posted by Geo Meek (not verified)

Thank you for all the fine work you do to move people forward in and on this and other platforms...

March 5, 2012 | 03:50 PM - Posted by J G (not verified)

I would use this system to test out different audio editing tools under different OS configurations and systems using virtualization.

March 5, 2012 | 04:07 PM - Posted by Gdub (not verified)

Great contest guys. If I end up winning I'll become one of those club DJs that shows up and pushes play on his laptop.

March 5, 2012 | 04:08 PM - Posted by Azian Guile (not verified)

Awesome giveaway. I would use it to create music and play video games.

March 5, 2012 | 04:10 PM - Posted by Anthony Ramos (not verified)

PC Perspective is the best PC hardware podcast on the net. Can you explain to users more about how Audio informs your system build philosophy on the hardware side of things?

March 5, 2012 | 04:20 PM - Posted by xzor (not verified)

I would, probably unlike most of the people here, actually use it for audio development. I've been formally trained as an audio engineer, and have always been fascinated by acoustics and the silence behind it.

I bought this book back in 2002 And if anyone is looking for an audio source...look no farther :D

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