Always exceptions to the rules of course. For content creators and gamer’s for example, future proofing seldom works out, why SLI died a slow death and XFire. They often need the latest and greatest purely for performance reasons. HardOCP , Anand and others are a go to for me, but HardOCP now being bought out and Kyle leaving stinks, no more reviews.
32GB could be the norm for higher end users who do more than 1 or 2 things , but even today 16GB is overkill for 99% of the population and most games do not effectively use 8GB of vRAM aside from a couple triple AAA titles. Why NVIDIA is still releasing cards with 6GBs in them, which outperform some 8GB AMD counter parts, vRAM is not everything. Now, if 8K gaming takes off…that VRAM is going to need to go up very very quickly! But considering even high end 2080ti’s alone can struggle at 4k…may be some time.
My wife is using a 10 year old Dell Optiplex with a i5 2400, i put in an SSD and upped the ram to 8G and she is golden, even now that she is working from home.
Now ask me to use that same system and I would cry tears all day long!
If you can make a system last that long, good on you, I wish I could but I often find I am pushing my limits too far too often. But my solution to that was to get a dedicated Lab box,so now I can buy a less than high end system. (Dual 10 core E5 v2 Xeons / 128G of ram and all the goodies running a single node vSAN cluster))
I am with you though on wanting a new system. I want to see how Ampere does and AMD’s Zen 3…so saving some money for the end of the year just in case to move off this i5 8600 rig.