A few years ago I started to get interested in computers again, after spending my 20ies at university and roaming around with only a laptop to use. I had a long inner convo about buying a proper rig: “I’m a grown up, I make my own money, if I want a good computer, why not? I’ve never had a beefy machine all my life, I have the money, why shouldn’t I?” So on and so on. Finally, one day - I gave in. Water cooled 1080ti, nvme disk, all that stuff. What a glorious joy! It booted in only a few sec, and ANY game/program would launch instantly.
BUUT - being a family father, the premium machine started all too soon to gather dust. After a year of being nearly unused, I sold it - to buy a Prusa MK3s. I didn’t regret it for a second, the Prusa is much used, and is a hobby that is more easily combined with having small kids. (they LOVE the Duplo to Brio adapters!).
But then again… tides are always turning, and now I’m missing my machine. Not to play PUBG, but for slicing, rendering workpaths, vectors and working in Fusion 360 - and having a proper stationary setup playing with SBCs and such. I actually have a plan - to put aside money I earn from printing/CNCing, and buying a proper computer - once again. But this time, it’ll be with income from the hobby itself, not from my “main pocket”.