Long time intermediate home user - 10 years on Linux, DD WRT, only access secured online accounts through TOR, blah, blah. Starting to learn systems administration. Gonna be building boxes oriented more toward workload and virtualization/remote access than gaming.
Yes, I covet powerful components. But only insofar as I'd like each component to be able to do what I ask of it without breaking a sweat... because that means it can do it coolly, and just-about-silently.
Doesn't mean I don't like cleanly managed CableMod/Ensourced.