They are. The real reason I say that it sucks is because I think the best upgrade one can make in the past 3-5 years is one of these new 144hz 1440p monitors. They make just about any game more enjoyable.Oh I agree it's a completely shitty tradition. It mostly comes from the fact that I grew up with very little money so I had to make do with what I had and save up in the meantime. I went to college in 2002 with a voodoo 3 2000. Was only because I overclocked it to the brink of destruction that I was able to keep using it. If you were to touch it while under load it would reward you with a mild burn.
Old habits are hard to break I guess.