Basic Guides for someone who just started playing PC Building Simulator.
Diagnostic & Fix Jobs should be your primary (probably only) job until you reach some level. These make steady money, get acquainted with game mechanics, and get the level you need to get the benefits that make disassembly and reassembly of computers easier (Auto Cable Tool, Auto Screw Tool, etc.).
It’s a good idea to keep some basic (working) components in your inventory for testing purposes so that you don’t have to completely disassemble your computer to find out if the components are broken. At a minimum, these should include a power supply; a cooling CPU fan; Skylake * CPUs, Coffee Lake, AM4, TR4 motherboards (when available); and a memory stick (RAM) type that doesn’t matter. If you find a broken component during disassembly on your computer, temporarily replace it with one from your inventory and try to power your computer. If the operating system is fully energized without error, no further disassembly is needed. This is the part that needs to be replaced.
Doing the basic Diagnose & Fix job:
- Hook the cables (keyboard, mouse, graphics, and power) to the machine.
- Take the panel off the computer on any side that allows you to see the components, usually the front, but not always.
- Try to power up your computer (P) and watch the components in your computer for life.
- If the computer starts, watch to see if the cooling fan of the CPU if there is one, spins. If not, it will be broken. If the computer appears to start but nothing appears on the monitor, the graphics card(s) will be broken.
- Look at the error message monitor: “No CPU found” means the CPU is broken. “No RAM” means the memory (RAM) is broken. “No boot device” means that the hard drive (storage) is broken.
- If the computer doesn’t show life at all, either the power supply is broken (rare) and/or the motherboard is broken (probably). In this case, you will probably need to disassemble your computer completely. Start with the power supply, then the hard drive, and then the components attached to the motherboard. Check each component as you remove it to see if it’s broken.
- Most of the time in Diagnostic & Fix Jobs, working components removed from your computer will be labeled in your inventory as being for that computer only. If you find a component that isn’t labeled as such, you’ll need to find a way to keep track of it yourself. If you forget and replace the part with the lower part, you’re not going to be able to complete the job.
After replacing the broken part with the working part, sellthe broken part immediately so that it doesn’t clutter your inventory.
- No penalty is imposed for replacing broken parts with used parts as long as they are equal to or better than the part being replaced. I think there’s a small chance that the part you’re using might break when you power the computer, though.
Be wary of upgrade requests that ask for a specific 3D Mark score. Some of these might lose your money if you complete them. However, you can take them for evaluation without penalty. If you find that upgrades would be too expensive, simply reassemble your computer with the original components and then click the quit button on the job email.
If PC Status says “Missing cable(s)” and cable mode (3) doesn’t show you anything, you probably need to reinstall the front panel of your computer. Counterintuitive, I know.
If PC Status says “Incomplete case” but all the case panels on the PC Parts tab are installed, you may need to close or install the PCI Lock where the graphics card(s) are attached to the case.
When you’re done with a job, you don’t need to worry about uninstalling any software you’ve installed. There’s no penalty for leaving it installed. Also, you don’t need to remove the USB drive (if used), turn off the computer, or even unplug it. All this will be done automatically when you pick up your computer (Right Click). Finished jobs can be left in any slot in the hallway; you don’t have to put them close to the outside door.
Some new PC jobs are part of a recurring narrative where your PC will be sent back to you for repair or upgrade. Keeping that in mind when building a new PC may help in the future. Providing a larger power supply than you need or a motherboard that supports SLI / Crossfire, which is needed now or not, may help with possible future upgrades to the machine you ‘re building, and they’re not much more expensive.
Remember to turn off the lights and the computer(s) before the end of the day. This will reduce your monthly electricity bill. I can work on computers without the lights on, using only the light from the windows and a small lamp that you can’t turn off. I don’t know if that reduces your electricity bill, though.
* Although most CPUs (Coffee Lake, AM4, TR4) fit only on their respective motherboard types, Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs are interchangeable. This can be convenient if you want to use the Skylake CPU and use dual graphics cards. None of the Skylake motherboards support dual graphics cards, so you’d have to use the Kaby Lake motherboard.
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