All points taken, thanks again.
Seriously, I understand that manufacturers have to protect themselves when listing requirements and going for higher specs is safer for them, because:
1) older hardware and software can bring more problems and configuration difficulties and
2) sometimes, and that's really only sometimes, older hardware and software means end users who can't tell their PC from their rear bottom.
But the reality of things is that, when you have been following this industry for nearly two decades, at some point you realize how the blind, accelerated race for new hardware and software isn't but a matter of market economics and you also find yourself having the experience and the knowledge to adapt and maintain older systems to your needs and get the most out of them by using the right hardware and software combination and by using them the right way, without the need to throw your hard earned cash away every 6 months to feed company sharks or lazy programmers. Incidentally, newer doesn't always mean better - that's a solidified truth for software and operative systems, particularly of the Microsoft kind. Sure, a few people genuinely need faster PCs for specific professional needs such as high end CAD or design, and such... fortunately I'm not one of them. And when you arrive at the end of the day and you realize that you're actually able to run some things faster and better in your 550Mhz Celeron than what you see in your n00b friend's latest generation PC (simply because he's too dumb to optimize his use of it), you can't help but feel reassured.
With the exception of the odd and rare component modification, I've been using my current PC for... he he... a few years... now and at this point I'm still completely satisfied with it, including -gasp- GAMES. Sure, I'll get a brand new system eventually (I just don't know when since for the moment I still have no reason to do it), at which point I hope to try and go for breaking my current record.
PhotoJim, sounds cool and thanks for that feedback. I may end up buying a 16x if I can find one for a reasonable price comparatively, from the perspective that I can use it at a slower speed and may yet take full advantage of it in the future.