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PC Building Simulator doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a great deal of fun, but there’s something calming and satisfying about snapping virtual components together.

We’re not the only ones who think so: publisher The Irregular Corporation has today announced that PC Building Simulator has racked up over 100,000 sales in its first month.

It was a popular demo on itch.io back in 2017; that demo is still available, if you want to try before you buy.

And trying before you buy is sort of the name of the game with PC Building Simulator. Yes, there’s the opportunity to put together the ludicrous, luminous rig of your dreams, but there’s also a useful side to it. With licensed parts from real-world manufacturers, you can genuinely test out combinations of parts to see how they’d work out in the real world.

Will there be enough power for all the components? Will it all fit in your chosen case? Will it play Crysis? PC Building Simulator may not definitively answer that last one – though you can run virtual benchmarks in-game – but it can certainly offer practical help with the first two.

“The overwhelming support we have had from the PC gaming and building community has been nothing short of phenomenal and we are extremely grateful to all the players who have been so passionately providing feedback, this is the whole reason we wanted to launch into Early Access. There are plenty of new and exciting things to come for PC Building Simulator and we can’t wait to share them with our ever-expanding community.” – Stuart Morton, producer, The Irregular Corporation

In addition to the free build mode, there’s also a career mode of sorts, where the PC building fun is mashed up with a management sim. Setup a repair business, sell your boutique creations, or go for the pinnacle of overclocking power; the choice is yours.

PC Building Simulator is available now in Steam Early Access for £14.99/$19.99/€19.99, with version 1.0 expected to launch later this year.

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