An 8 year old computer, I noticed. When I upgraded back in 2013, my old computer was also 8 years old (dating back to 2005).
In the past year, I've been using a laptop over a desktop because the old one was taking up space and so I moved it to my closet, but I do plan on getting a new PC later in the year or preferably early next year.
The one I have now was a $600 machine.
- Intel i5, IIRC. Intel i5-4430 to be specific.
- 1 TB HDD (800 GB functionally)
- 8 GB RAM
- 18" monitor, though I've forgotten what brand. Probably not LG, but I have to check. EDIT: It is LG!
- Windows 8.1.
I upgraded to that from a 2002-era Dell. That one was $500, but I received it as a gift from a church community, of all places.
- I have no memory what processor it used.
- 32 GB HDD (29 GB functionally)
- 512 MB RAM
- The monitor (and the rest of the computer) is at my aunt's, but it was one of those substantial ones common back then. Not flat screen at all, maybe 12", just a boxy pale-black CRT thing.
- Windows XP, the best one.
I remember playing Command and Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour for years and getting used to how painfully slow things would get. The frame rate was rarely an issue; the game was just so slow. And with graphics set to maximum, I thought that was just the experience...
Until I got my last computer and loaded up the game in 2013. At first, I thought the game moved unnaturally fast until I realized that was how the game was supposed to move.
Similar deal with Sim City 4. For almost a decade, I was used to the game taking almost half a minute just scrolling and the general speed being sluggish. Tried it with the new computer and almost couldn't handle how smooth it was.
With Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, I had a better idea of how short my older computer came up because it literally didn't render water effects or weather. I always wanted it to and thought I just set the game up poorly, but nope. Computer was just too weak.
2013 computer, though, didn't even slow down.
I'm sure the same would be true for Call of Duty. I don't remember the slowdown, but that's just because my brain filtered it out and I haven't played it in about a decade. And remember: that was a 2003 game. Most PC games I own are from 2003, probably because that was about as good as my first PC could handle.
In a manner, I'm still bitter. I could have become a PC gamer in 2005-2006, but that computer was just too weak. And by the time I got a more substantial one, I didn't care anymore.
The next PC I get is intended to be VR-ready, which is why I want to deliberately put off getting it until 2020.