I'm a big gamer. I used to be afraid of FPS games when I was young because I had trouble with intuiting the controls. Now I've got no excuse and I'm just bad at them! I was better at Crash Bandicoot (I beat the first two but those bike races in 3 were too hard for me), Atari 2600 games, and eventually Super Smash Bros Melee on the Gamecube (God knows how I beat event 51; I can't do it anymore!) I grew up on a Windows XP rig my dad had since I was born, which was replaced with a Windows 7 one sometime in the mid 2000s. The old rig became the "downstairs" computer. Around then, I learned about video game emulation for things like Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis.
In 2011 or so I got a Toshiba laptop for my birthday that ran around $300. I can't say I know what specs it had, but it blew that old XP machine out. I had headphones, RAM, and I could watch videos in anything above 240p on YouTube.
In 2015 (according to my transaction history on Newegg) I got the laptop I use today. It ran $423 and some change refurbished. It currently has an i5 processor @1.6 GHz (2.6 turbo which I never used oops), integrated graphics, 12 GB RAM (it came with an unremovable 4 and a blank slot) and 500GB storage. It's been good to me, but Windows 10 was cruel to it. One update would cause it to wake up frequently in the middle of the night, and another crippled sleep altogether, causing it to die when put into sleep mode. It's a bit nice that it has a numpad (my WASD since I'm a lefty) but it's about time to upgrade.