The dishonorable have no problem taking advantage of the honorable. I wouldn't say that giving up honor is the solution, just be very careful, though there is no such thing as a guarantee in life.
Speaking of guarantees, my alienware is coming up on 6 years and is pretty much working like a charm, damn fine investment if you ask me. Also, the pace of requiring new hardware for the latest games is much better than it was when I was a kid. I wonder if cloud computing will become a thing soon, onlive worked great for delivering games on any old terminal, though not having the computing onsite has its disadvantages.