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What's sad is that you think your post was actually a rational argument.
Yes, it's a good idea when making a big purchase like a computer to evaluate how you are going to use it and make sure those needs will be met (and how much more money you will have to spend - like in new software - in the process).
Doing this kind of analysis is called "being realistic" and not "lowering expectations." It's what mature, intelligent people do. He screwed it up the first time. It's good to see that he didn't waste money twice.