Scan FA7i DAW with Intel i7 8700 and 16GB
Scan FA7i Audio PC
Based upon our one of our most popular audio PC specifications, the 3XS FA7i is based around Intel's "Coffee Lake" Hexa-Core i7 8700 CPU with additional hyper-threading, giving a total of 6 physical and 6 additional virtual cores to work with. 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, and 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 6 more drive bays making it easy to expand accommodate any future expansion you wish to carry out.
The system has 16GB of Corsair memory included, which we find is ample for a lot of production 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 i7 based configuration is the higher powered option amongst our two F-Series setups and the specification lends itself well to those artists who are working fully in the box studios where full in the box production is taking place with more emphasis on sound design with complex layers and large channel counts. 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 system noise through careful component consideration.
A fast CPU translates to higher VST counts along with a smoother, more responsive experience whist you work. The FA7i includes a powerful Intel Core i7 8700 which has six cores running at 3.2GHz with a 4.6GHz 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 FA7i 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||Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl|
|Motherboard||ASUS Prime Z370-A|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 8700 "Coffee Lake" Hexa-core 3.2 GHz (4.6 GHz Turbo)|
|CPU Cooler||Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim|
|Memory||16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666Hz DDR4|
|Graphics Card||Intergrated Intel Graphics|
|Power Supply||bequiet! Pure Power 10 CM - 600W|
|System Drive||250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD|
|Storage Drive||1TB Western Digital Blue HDD|
|Optical Drive||LG 24X DVD-RW|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit|
|Recovery Media||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 & Technical 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.
|Motherboard Chipset||Intel Z370|
|Motherboard Form Factor||ATX|
|CPU Type||Intel Core i7|
|CPU Speed||3.2 GHz|
|CPU Boost/Turbo Speed||4.6 GHz|
|CPU Cores||6 Core|
|CPU Cooler||Air Cooler (Heatsink + Fan/s)|
|Memory Speed||DDR4 - 2666|
|Screen Size||Monitor Not Included, Sold Separately|
|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 HDD GB|
|Graphics Chipset||Intel HD Graphics 630|
|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||
|Other Motherboard Specifications|
|Keyboard & Mouse||No|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home (64 bit)|
|PSU Wattage||600 W|
|Case Form Factor||Mid Tower|
|Dimensions (Tower)||232 x 523 x 464 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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