PC Building Simulator has been released, and boy is it a weird thing. Developers Claudiu Kiss and The Irregular Corporation have come a long way from that pretty barebones but intriguing alpha demo that was released a couple of years back.

Launching via Steam Early Access yesterday, PC Building Simulator promises to do exactly what it says on the tin and a whole lot more. They’ve managed to wangle some great partnerships with the likes of AMD, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA, CoolerMaster, Corsair, Arctic, NZXT, and heaps more, to provide an extremely accurate simulation of PC building.

As you can see in the launch trailer, players can do everything from ordering the parts online via a virtual website, opening the post parcels, slotting the components together and even organising the wiring for an optimum build. And now here’s where it gets super weird: the partnership with Futuremark means users can actually benchmark their virtually built PCs.

"3DMark has been a key part of the PC builder's toolkit for almost 20 years now. Millions of gamers, overclockers, and system builders have used Futuremark benchmarks to test and compare PC performance," said Jani joki, commercial director at Futuremark. "We are thrilled to be working with The Irregular Corporation to help create an authentic, accurate and realistic benchmarking experience for their PC Building Simulator game."

To top it all off a career mode even allows players to run their own business. They can build customs PCs or run a repair shop, right down to a virtual desktop with virus scanning for that pesky malware, the bane of any PC technician.

Considering we’ve got simulators for all sorts of bizarre things, ranging from goats to mothering, bears, and crime scene clean up, PC Building Simulator actually begins to sound like a far saner option.

As It’s an Early Access release there are still plenty of changes and tweaks still inbound. Claudiu Kiss has laid out a roadmap which includes new features like water cooling, overclocking and case modding.

For those who are used to buying pre-builds, it’s easy to see how a simulator like this could be a fantastic primer for the real thing. It’s theoretically possible to design and build your entire dream PC virtually, before emulating it with the hundreds of dollars of precious hardware in real life. The one major downside is it looks as if both Intel and Nvidia are conspicuous by their absence, the sodding spoilsports. AMD has hopped aboard and it’s easy to see why it could be beneficial to Team Red to demystify PC building. Hopefully, Intel and Nvidia can follow suit soon.

Has anyone given PC Building Simulator a shot? Do you think this could be a great way to encourage more folks to self-build?

Source: Steam