Regardless if this is a laptop, premade desktop, or self-built, I'm curious as to how much people spend on their machines. It's not like they're all expensive, but the good ones definitely don't come cheap.
My current laptop, an HP, was bought in January 2009 for $1000 and was a decent gaming model for the time. Yeah, that much. It's probably as good as a $500 laptop nowadays, but I've gotten a tremendous amount of use out of her.
I plan on spending $500-600 on a new one soon, because this one doesn't have long left. $1000 well spent for like 11,000 hours worth of entertainment. Hopefully my next one will last this long. Just have to get the right brand.