My wife went back to work after a year layoff in 2013 so I built myself an i7-4770k system when we started getting 2 paychecks. It’s still a great chip and a great system able to handle anything you throw at it. But hey, this is a hobby and I’ve never gotten a chance to play with M.2 drives or DDR4 RAM.
She promptly got laid off again in 2015 and then we had a child, so she’s been home 3 years. She just went back to work and again I’m not the sole breadwinner, so despite a lot of dirty looks - this is what I purchased this week. Everything has arrived but the CPU, which will get here Friday and make for a nice weekend project. And the kid can use the 4770K when he’s a bit older.
Caveat: I’m not buying a video card just yet. Since the 1080 TI’s have stopped production, they are outrageously overpriced. $1000+. And I can’t justify paying $800+ for an RTX 2080, so I’ll hold off for a sale. I’ve currently got a 1070 which gives me so so frames on a 3440 x 1440 100Hz monitor, so I’ll just hold off a couple months for the GPU.