I’ve always been a pretty savvy tech guy. My career has been IT. One thing I learned, though, is that no technology, especially in the PC world, ever stays current. Thus, I pretty much have gotten in the pattern of keeping computers until they die or are basically unusable.
Around 2004 was the last time I purchased a desktop computer. At the time, it was a pretty state of the art machine. It was a Dell Precision 370 workstation, and it had a really cool graphics card, additional memory, and SATA hard drives, which were pretty fast back then.
It was a great computer and very fast, but as computers do, it started to slow down over time. I think that happens because the computer does actually slow down as you use it and install more stuff on it, as well as appearing slower simply because the new computers coming out are faster.