I didn’t have an “up-to-date” PC until last year when I got a machine with an i7 and a GTX 980. Before that, it was a long history of playing and trying to play games on weak PCs. Here’s a highlights list:
About the year 2000: Trying to play Age of Empires 2 on a PC that had 48MB of RAM. The min specs needed only 32MB but I still crashed a lot.
Fast forward to 2003 and I’m trying to install WarCraft 3 on this same machine. You can guess what happened.
2006: Tried to play Star Wars Battlefront II on a newer PC, but one that didn’t have dedicated graphics. Completely unsupported, though at least that PC let me play Jedi Academy and WarCraft 3, my first foray into online gaming.
2008: I got a dedicated graphics card for that PC, albeit an outdated one (Radeon 9600XT). Surprisingly, it could run Crysis (just the demo) at 640x480 res, minimum settings, at about 20-25FPS. Still playing a lot of Jedi Academy, finally enjoying Battlefront II, and hey, Brood War runs well.
2010: StarCraft 2’s beta was released, and I’m still on the Radeon 9600XT. It struggled at the lowest settings similar to Crysis. My family bought a new (basic) PC this year and I can now play StarCraft 2 smoothly, but still on the lowest settings. I would later buy a budget graphics card (Radeon HD6670) for this PC and can run most games fairly smoothly on medium settings.
2016: I buy my sister’s boyfriend’s PC with an i7 and GTX 980, and can finally play modern games on max settings. Medium graphics for most modern games look very good at this point anyway. PUBG runs poorly even on this machine
Oh I need to add: holiday period of 2016; I’m at my parents’ place and I’ve just bought a new laptop for school purposes since my other laptop was on its last legs with overheating issues. It’s a basic laptop with no dedicated graphics, but all my friends were still playing Overwatch and I wanted to join them too. I installed OW on this laptop, and played it at everything set to the lowest possible, including 50% resolution scaling, at about 25-30fps I don’t think my friends noticed any reduction in my skill level during this period.