My Experience with the PC Gaming Section at GameStop: Rukari Austin

The PC gaming section at GameStop is a new initiative that aims to give gamers a chance to come in-store or online to build the PC of their dreams. Not only does GameStop’s PC gaming section feature all the top brands in the PC world, including Razer, ASUS, Samsung, iBuyPower, Logitech and more, but they also have pre-built machines and streaming setups for customers to try out. before buying.

From knowledgeable staff to a wide range of options at various price points to accessories that can take your streaming and/or gaming to the next level, the PC Gaming section at GameStop is designed to be a one-stop shop for everything in the world of PCs. To help further share the benefits of this new addition to GameStop, we spoke with GameStop Senior Community Manager Rukari Austin about his experience building a PC in the PC gaming section at GameStop.

At the time of writing, there are 11 GameStop locations with a PC gaming section in the US and there will be more until the end of the year and beyond. If you don’t live near one, Rukari helped describe the experience.

“I’m going to show my age,” Rukari said. “Remember McDonald’s Playland? Where you had to walk in and all the toys were right in front of you? So you have to really touch and play with everything. And he had a ball. It’s kind of like the PC gaming section at GameStop.

“I mean, it’s definitely your one-stop shop for everything you need to build a PC, with examples in front of you that you can touch, check out and interact with.” It’s not just looking at a box, it’s looking at actual products and sitting in a chair at a streaming station or gaming station and even being able to play those machines to see the visual fidelity, the frame rates and everything else.”

Rukari creates a lot of content and hosts, and he wanted this compilation to help him grow as a creator and educator. What made this build interesting was that he wanted an editor computer to help Rukari get his videos out into the world. He wanted something that was “top of the line” that wouldn’t need upgrading for a while. For him, the move was an investment in his future.

“So for the last few builds I’ve done, I’ve gone in with the mentality that now I’m good at front-loading my costs so I don’t have to upgrade again for a few years,” Rukari said. “I know in the tech world, by the time you put something on the market and go in as a consumer and buy it, it’s out of date and the new ones will be announced.

“So my thought is, ‘Hey, there’s an NVIDIA 3090 here, I’m sure there’s going to be an NVIDIA 4000 series soon. I’m sure there’s going to be an NVIDIA 3090 Ti, that’s good, I’m going to connect that GPU to the motherboard with a processor from highest grade I can find to help me out so that way I don’t have FOMO when the next series or two come out.’ So for me it’s all about the upfront cost so I don’t have to worry about it for years to come. This is me, this is my way of doing it.”

Although Rukari is a bit of a seasoned pro when it comes to computers, he understands the value of having a place to see the latest and greatest in computer technology. It also has the added benefit of showing you combinations or settings that you may never have thought of before.

“I think the PC gaming section at GameStop did a good job of showing me possible combinations, things I might not have thought about,” Rukari said. “When I walked in, I remember seeing a particular Razer monitor set up with green cables coming out the back, which had a minimalist look, and that inspired me to up my cable management game.

“You get to talk to someone at PC Gaming who’s as tech savvy as you are about the experience, the build experience, what you need to look at so you can use it as training. And at the same time, if you need anything, the PC gaming section at GameStop has them. I remember for my first build I had to go to Newegg, Amazon, and Best Buy to get all the parts I needed.

“With the PC gaming section at GameStop, I get what I need in the store and right in front of me. If you can’t tell, I’m all about instant gratification. So I don’t wait for shipping because I’ve definitely seen something for $999 and I see a $2.99 ​​shipping fee and then I don’t buy it anymore.”

GameStop employees are known for their knowledge of video games and consoles, and now that knowledge extends even further into the world of computers. This makes the PC gaming section at GameStop a great resource for those who may not know as much about gaming as they can rest assured that they are talking to experts in their field.

“The nice thing about working at GameStop is that I know they’re very big on education,” Rukari said. “So, with that said, as a new builder starting from scratch, there’s nothing better than going somewhere where the parts actually are and talking to the staff and the people that are there that have to deal with them every day.”

For those who already have a great gaming PC and want to jump into the world of streaming or just expand their setup, the PC gaming section at GameStop is worth a visit. From streaming kits to webcams to lights to chairs and everything in between, there’s something for all levels of streamers.

“I was a kid in a candy store,” Rukari said. “The chairs are in. I know the lights are there. The cameras are there. Peripherals, Stream Deck, pretty much everything you could ever want.”

As mentioned earlier, if there isn’t a GameStop with a PC gaming section near you, you can go to gamestop.com/pc-gaming to check out everything GameStop has to offer online. This means that whether you want to go to a store or jump on your computer, you will be provided with most everything you need to build or buy the computer of your dreams.