Building just one PC and stopping there is hard. Roll your own
rig and next thing you know, you're thinking about all the other
systems you could build—if only you had the money to do
You can try winning the lottery or finding a job that lets you
build PCs as much as you like (guess which option we chose at
PCWorld), but the easier route is to just download PC Building
Simulator, which is free until October 14 on the Epic Game
New and experienced builders alike should find something to
enjoy in the game. As we said in our look at it, it's perfect blend of
tutorial, visual guide in preparation for an actual build, and wish
fulfillment. Those absolutely fresh to PC building get a How to
build a PC mode that takes you through the basics, while people
familiar with the process can jump into Career mode or run wild in
Free Build mode without regard to budget. Want two Nvidia RTX 3090s
in SLI? Nothing's stopping you. Heck, you can add a separate system
on the side with an AMD RX 6900 XT while you're at it.
The game does lack some details that are part and parcel of PC
building—you'll never deal with the painful joy of cable
management. Or accidentally bleed all over your case because you
went too cheap and one of the edges cut you. Still, getting to the
final step of a complete build is still pretty satisfying. And
should you still want more entertainment, there's always the
eSports DLC, which puts you at the helm of tech support for an eSports team.
You'll have to pay extra for it, but it's on sale for 50 percent off, at least.