I too, am feeling desperate for IT gear to fail
As I sat here reading this, I was nodding in agreement... as I too am hopeful that some pieces of my IT gear will need replacement soon... I'll be moving in a few months and would much prefer a nice new shiny ultrawide monitor to replace the 3x 27" mismatched ones I currently have... 2 are the same but only 75hz and the one I use for gaming is 144hz but alas is a curved one with thinner bezels... so everything looks out of place.
So I want some new shiny... a nice 35" ish 3440x1440p will suffice as my GPU is only a Sapphire 5700XT and with DLSS and FSR... 4k resolution isn't a driving factor these days.
But HDR is... and it's gotta be HDR, high refresh rate... 144hz minimum... maybe an oled or qled panel...
oooohhhhh..... if I go for a 4k panel... that means a new GPU... more shiny... and now that I think of it, some of the indicator LED lights on my mouse have dimmed so much you can't really see them unless it's dark. But GPU prices are still waaaaay to high and I do love a bargain, so won't be paying those prices.
Let's be clear... none of this stuff is actually broken, but it will find new homes and won't be tossed away. My mum usually gets an upgrade, so if/when I replace the monitor, the nice 144hz one will go to here and the others will either be sold locally or donated to charity if no more friends/family are in need of something
But this last 18 months of lockdowns and self isolation... has had a very positive impact on my savings... and whilst I am currently spanking 5k on finishing off the house, ready to put it on the market later this year... I've still got a healthy amount and could spank another 1000-1500 without really noticing it... Hell, in the time it takes to finish the house and put it on the market I could add that much back to my savings
Then... perhaps a nice new gaming wheel, I do like racing games, and using an old Xbox controller just isn't the same... a new desk setup for the new house... a mini server room for my mediaserver and other IT gear... some new cameras and a POE switch... oh and if I get a new GPU like a 6800XT or a 3080... that'll mean a new PSU too as my current 650w isn't going to be enough for one of those cards...
Cue Queen music (I want it all)
ooops.... I think I just made a mess. :)
Also... I think I could write articles as well as (if not better than) Alistair. :)