Assembling a PC is more or less like building with Lego, only more complicated and expensive. A do-it-yourself PC is considerably lighter on your pocket than a pre-built equivalent, but its quite an ordeal for the faint of heart and the average person is better off avoiding the hassle by paying the extra buck. However with the release of the PC Building Simulator, that average person can finally ascend to the next level and build himself a new rig.

PC Building menu

The name gives it all away. It’s a software simulator that allows you to get familiar with assembling a desktop PC in a safe virtual environment, without spending a dime on the components.

Developed by Claudiu Kiss and published by The Irregular Corporation, The PC Building Simulator is currently out in Early Access at a price of $17.99 on Steam. Thanks in part to a licensing agreement between the game’s developer and more than a dozen PC component and software manufacturers, you get to tinker with actual parts from brands like AMD, MSI, CoolerMaster, Corsair and more.

room

Not only does the game allow you to build your dream PC in a rather flush looking room, but when you’re done assembling you can test the simulated PC with virtual benchmarks from FutureMark and the like. There’s even an actual ‘Career’ mode in this game that lets you unlock additional workbenches and make yourself feel rewarded by experiencing the life of a PC builder.

benchmark

As meta as it sounds, these are the minimum requirements for running the game:

  • OS: Windows 7 or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Athlon X4 740 (or equivalent)
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660 (2048 MB) or Radeon R9 285 (2048 MB)
  • DirectX: 9.0c
  • Storage: 4 GB available

Currently, there are more than 500,000 downloads with about 1,300 concurrent players. The developer plans on the game being in Early Access for around 2-3 months “depending on feedback from the community.” Additional features to be added include water cooling, overclocking, and more benchmarking options.

Here’s the official trailer of the PC Building Simulator.

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