Get something cheap or buy a refurbished.
Six years, eh?
I have two boxes that are eight and 12 years old. Both run great.
Anyway, go for cheap, limit processes, and use an OS that is easy on resources.
I've been running on the same desktop since my freshmen year of college (about 6 years ago) and am looking for some advice on building a new system. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just something that gets the job done (quickly). I don't do any gaming, mostly just surfing the web, downloading music/movies, streaming audio/video, etc, nothing too hardcore.
Anyone wanna offer a shopping list of what to pick up?