Right now I am sitting at a computer with 16GB of RAM, 500GB of SSD main storage and a 300GB 7000 RPM hard drive for data, all being controlled by an Intel Core i3-3240 CPU running Windows 7 Ultimate. Not a blazing gaming machine but I can comfortably work all day and make a decent living.
As long as no update is processing or it doesn't attempt to digest a bad update or some mysterious internal process isn't sucking up resources like a sump pump in flood season.
Then, using this piece of hardware is not only a large pain in the ass, but sometimes causes days of poking and prodding to back-out an update that went wonky.
On the down side, there were two computer languages (that I knew about anyway), a crappy version of BASIC and Z-80 assembler (that I never really got to work well). OK... This was not a shining piece of computer hardware, nor a fine example of performance... but it did boot fast!
Then, my third machine... A Commodore 128 - actually a Commodore C64 and Z-80 driven CP/M machine in one box. Connect a hard drive and a modem and you could surf the world. Oh, sure, the web was dominated by ARCHIE and GOPHER and FTP and simple E-Mail, but one could accomplish what one needed; and quickly as well. I distinctly remember downloading a C compiler for CP/M and writing an IBM-370 assembler on that thing.
Maybe I am getting old, but I would REALLY rather have something that just worked than something glittery and new and expensive that is amazingly fast, so long as the CPU is clicking off NOPs.