Scan FA5i DAW, Ready to Ship Audio Workstation
Based upon our one of our most popular audio PC specifications, the 3XS FA5i is based around Intel's "Skylake" Quad-Core i5 6600 CPU. As with all of our audio systems the models found in our ready to ship series are all tested and configured to ensure the widest compatibility possible with common studio software programs, as to ensure the smoothest running of all of your tools and applications.
During our initial in house validation phase we test with all of the popular audio sequencers including industry leaders such as Cubase, Pro Tool, Sonar, Studio One, Ableton, Bitwig, Reaper and FL Studio to ensure the widest compatibility straight out of the box, meaning that you set it up with your audio interface & software of choice and be ready to go with the absolute minimum of fuss.
To install your software on, we include a fast Samsung Evo 250GB SSD, which comes with your OS on and is ideal for running your sequencer and projects off. Alongside the OS drive we also include an additional 1TB WD Blue mechanical drive for storage and sample libraries. If you wish to migrate over your old project drives or make sure you can add in additional storage in the future, the case has 5 more drive bays making it easy to expand accommodate any future expansion you wish to carry out.
The system has 8GB of Corsair memory included, which we find is ample for a lot of the tracking & editing duties carried out on this level of machine, but we also make sure to leave two more slots free in case of future upgrade plans should you find yourself needing more in a few years time.
This i5 based configuration is the lower powered option amongst our two F-Series setups and the specification lends itself well to those artists who are running project studios where multi-track recording & editing their projects are the key concern and the recordings have less emphasis on soft synth performances and more on the treatment and post productions of band recordings. As with all of our studio based systems the performance to noise level is a key concern, where we always strive to ensure we get the maximum amount of performance with the least amount of disruptive background noise ensuring the performance is seen but not heard.
A fast CPU translates to higher VST counts along with a smoother, more responsive experience whist you work. The FA5i includes a powerful Intel Core i5 6600 which has four cores running at 3.3GHz with a 3.9GHz turbo that delivers maximum performance when you need it.
Testing & Validation
By testing & validating with all of the major sequencers during the system design phase, we aim to ensure all the teething issues are worked out well before you receive it. This will help to ensure you get setup as smothly as possible and keep you productive by ensuring a great day to day experience.
Low noise levels are cruical in the studio enviroment where recording may be taking place, so all of our 3XS studio machines are designed around low noise components and quiet cases. This will help to ensure that you can mix and produce without distractions.
Lightning Fast Storage
Nobody likes waiting for their applications to load, so the FA5i includes an SSD instead of an old fashioned HDD. SSDs use sold-state memory, so you can boot into Windows, load applications and projects in a fraction of the time of a mechanical HDD.
|Chassis||Cooler Master Silencio 452|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 6600 "Skylake" Quad Core 3.3 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo)|
|CPU Cooler||Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim|
|Memory||8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz DDR4|
|Graphics||Intergrated Intel Graphics|
|Power Supply||550W EVGA G2|
|System Drive||250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD|
|Storage Drive||1TB Western Digital Blue HDD|
|Optical Drive||Samsung 24x DVD-RW|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit|
|Recovery Media||Recovery USB drive with system image and diagnostic software|
|Warranty||3 Year Premium Warranty - 1st Year Onsite, 2nd & 3rd Year Return to Base (inc Parts & Labour)|
WHY BUY BUILT?
Professionally Built PCs vs Self-Built
Anyone can build a PC, so what really makes the difference between any old PC and a 3XS PC? For starters, our team has been designing and building PCs for more than 20 years, so we have a huge amount of experience in building highly reliable systems that deliver the most performance for your budget. These are the benefits you receive when buying a professionally built 3XS system versus building a system yourself.
NO COMPATIBILITY HEADACHES
It can take weeks to research the right combination of components, not just to ensure you get the most bang for your buck but to minimise the chance of one component being incompatible with another. Whether you buy a system from our configurator or a custom spec system our engineers will do all this hard work for you, ensuring that when your system is delivered it performs flawlessly.
Building a PC only takes a few hours, but installing all the software and making sure that everything is configured properly and that your software runs stably takes up a huge amount of time. By ordering a 3XS system our engineers take this painful process away, as all our systems undergo a strenuous Quality Control procedure which includes updating Windows, installing the latest drivers and motherboard BIOS. Overclocked systems receive an additional 24 hour burn-in test to ensure stability.
PEACE OF MIND
Unfortunately PC components do occasionally fail, and when this happens if you’ve built your PC yourself you’re on your own. However, with a professionally built Scan 3XS system you’re no longer alone. Our technical support team is available 7 days a week, from 9am to 10pm Mon - Fri, 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Click here for more info on how to get technical support for your 3XS system.
If our support team is unable to fix your system remotely and it’s still under warranty we’ll either send out an engineer to visit your home or office or repair it or have it repaired in our state of the art factory in Lancashire.
A WORK OF ART
We don't just build PCs in our state-of-the-art factory, we craft them. For instance, we route and tidy all the cables around the sides of the case. This not only makes your PC look great and easier to upgrade in the future, but eases airflow through the case resulting in a cooler and quieter PC. In addition, we can customise your PC for you, not just the components inside but also its appearance, so if you fancy a PC in an unusual shape or colour we look forward to hearing from you.
Our 3XS PCs have won hundreds of awards in the press from publications such as Custom PC, Develop3D, Expert Reviews, HEXUS, PC Gamer and PC Pro. In addition 3XS has won Custom PC’s annual Dream PC competition every year it has run since 2007. You can read all our reviews here plus customer reviews on the configurator.
Sometimes you just need a system right now. Maybe your existing system has kicked the bucket or you’ve found that your old workhorse can’t hope with the latest game or application you just bought. F-series systems are pre-built and tested in our factory, so can be collected same day or delivered next-day to your home or office.
WARRANTY & TECH SUPPORT
Another key difference is that all Scan 3XS Custom Series PCs are covered by our Premium 3 Year Warranty. This means that if your system develops a fault in its first year we can send an engineer to your home or office to repair it. In the remaining two years of the warranty we'll still repair or replace any faulty parts, but do this from our state of the art factory in Lancashire. Click here for more info on how to get technical support for your 3XS system.
|CPU Type||Intel Core i5|
|CPU Speed||3.3 GHz|
|CPU Boost/Turbo Speed||3.9 GHz|
|CPU Cores||Quad Core|
|CPU Cooler||Air Cooler (Heatsink + Fan/s)|
|Motherboard Chipset||Intel Z170|
|Motherboard Form Factor||ATX|
|Memory Speed||DDR4 - 2400|
|SSD Boot Drive Installed||Yes|
|SSD Boot Drive Type||2.5" SATA|
|SSD Boot Drive Capacity||250 GB|
|SSD Project Drive Installed||No|
|SSD Project Drive Type||N/A|
|SSD Project Drive Capacity||N/A|
|HDD Capacity||1000 GB|
|Screen Size||Monitor Not Included, Sold Separately|
|Graphics Chipset||Intel HD Graphics 530|
|SLi/CrossFire Multi GPU System||No|
|GeForce GTX VR Ready||No|
|GPU Core Clock||350 MHz|
|GPU Boost Clock||1150 MHz|
|GPU Memory Type||Shared|
|GPU Memory Clock|
|GPU Memory Bit Rate|
|Graphics Card Connectors||
|Front / Side Panel||
|Keyboard & Mouse||No|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home (64 bit)|
|PSU Wattage||550 W|
|Case Form Factor||Mid Tower|
|Dimensions (Tower)||210 x 451 x 505 mm (WxHxD)|
Please note your statutory rights are not affected.
For further information regarding Scan's warranty procedure please see our terms and conditions
- 24 months
- Return to base
- DOA Period:
- 7 days
- RTB Period:
- 24 months
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Yes you can customise the build, please contact our sales team on 01204 474747.