Build a Gaming PC with Tips from iBuyPower

Assembling the gaming PC of your dreams isn't as difficult or complicated as you might think.

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Whenever a computer or PC component deal is posted on Slickdeals, the comments section is always set ablaze with passionate discussion surrounding specifications, performance, and competing brands.

A lot of these debates are accompanied by hear-say, myths, and outdated information, so we’ve turned to the experts at — a popular builder and retailer of custom gaming PCs — to help us answer frequently asked questions.

Special thanks to iBuyPower for sharing their knowledge and letting us tour their headquarters!


In this video, we chat with Brad Soken, lead engineer of iBuyPower’s product department, as he shows us how to assemble a TRACE930 gaming PC, available exclusively at Best Buy.

Drawing on his many years of experience and oversight of tens of thousands of PCs being built and sold, Brad shares some valuable tips and tricks with us while debunking a few popular myths surrounding perceived performance, installation techniques, and more.

Here are the topics that we cover (click each question to go directly to that section in the video):

If you’re considering building a PC for the first time, upgrading an old one, or making the switch from console gaming, let this video be the boost of confidence you need to get started.

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To learn what type of gaming PC best fits your needs, visit iBuyPower’s Easy Builder tool and choose what types of games you like the play. Easy Builder draws from Brad’s expertise to offer a few different configurations to fit your budget and performance requirements.


Configure your own dream machine by visiting or check out our Computers category page.

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Andrew Chen

Editorial Content Manager Andrew Chen is a longtime PC gamer, an automotive journalist and an avid deal hunter. His first PC had an 80 megahertz processor with 4 megabytes of RAM, light years away from the powerhouse gaming rigs he builds today. You can follow Andrew's high-speed sports car adventures over at As a Slickdealer for over 10 years, nothing makes him more excited than getting a freebie! Chat with Andrew on Twitter: @slickdealsdrew

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