My brother has been talking about getting a new (gaming) PC for over a year now. He doesn't make a lot of money and really doesn't have the money to buy, well, anything good. His previous machine was an Alienware laptop, which should give you a clue to where this is going. At the same time, he's wanted to get his wife a new laptop as well.
My parents and I were conspiring to buy him a new PC for Christmas, one that was value priced but had enough to satisfy him (3.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 4 GB RAM, 1 GB nVidia graphics card). He said he wanted to play Skyrim, I checked the recommended specs and this PC met that.
So, my brother texts me last night and tells me he bought a $950 Dell XPS laptop with about the same except 8 GB RAM and a 2 GB graphics card. At the end of the conversation he tells me, "Someday I plan on buying a really nice machine. This will be *wife's name*'s laptop, but when she's not using it, it's game time." Waste of money to get that laptop, and even more waste of money to get another "better" laptop.
This crap happens all the time and it irks me to no end. I was an IT intern for an AEC firm back in Ohio for 3 years and I don't know how many people would complain to me about how they needed a new PC. People with Xeon processor workstations, and not even engineers or drafters who used CAD programs, it'd be secretaries or something who just need to use Word and Excel. Cry me a river.
At home, I use an old Asus netbook and a Dell laptop with a Core Duo processor. I have a Core i3 desktop for video playback on my TV and that's the fastest thing I have in the house. I've used SolidWorks on that netbook when I was still in school with no problems.
What is wrong with people? Are they just spoiled? Do they like wasting money?