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PC Building Simulator lets you build a PC on your PC

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

This right here is pure wish fulfillment: PC Building Simulator, which launched yesterday in Early Access on, well, PC, is all about building some dope rigs. It’s got official partners, benchmarking toolkits and there’s even a career mode, where you can build and service custom PCs!

Developed by Claudiu Kiss and published by The Irregular Corporation, PC Building Simulator has the kind of irony you see in other occupation simulators — but it does have some legitimately helpful features. The hardware designs in the game come from about a dozen licensed partners and are said to be fully authentic. So they’re useful in a how-to-build mode for those who might want to put a rig together in real life but aren’t sure how to get started. And for those who don’t have the funds but have always ached for a dream machine, there’s a free-build mode where money is no object.

A pre-alpha demo of PC Building Simulator saw more than 500,000 downloads, and it picked up about 1,300 concurrent players immediately after launch yesterday. Some of the reviews are chuckle-inducing, too.

“It’s basically porn, for the PC Master Race,” said Steam user Genikan.

“10/10 USB Drive misplaced and unfindable, Great Simulation of Real Life PC Building Career,” said Accato895.

Then, from favorit1:

So I’ve played the game for a little and then this happened:

>Doing missions

>doing my business on my PC (shop, E-Mails etc.)

>suddenly, a pop-up

>”GeForce Experience Driver Update ready to download”

>My brain goes: “No big deal, it’s just a game”

>The pop-up was a real driver update.

The developer said that while PC Building Simulator is basically feature complete, Early Access will be used to add more details to deepen and round out the experience. They’re looking to include water cooling, overclocking and more licensed components and benchmarking options in future updates.

So if you, dawg, like PCs and want to put a PC in your PC, the game is currently $17.99 on Steam. And we would be remiss if we did not include its (real-world) specs:

  • OS: Windows 7 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Athlon X4 740 (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 (2048 MB) or Radeon R9 285 (2048 MB)
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

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