I find many times missing or outdated drivers. It's a recurring and sad theme.
As to the questions, the Core 2 Duo benchmarks much better than the prior model. Should be fine. But beware those OS installs since they are tricky.
I have a number of pc machines (business) with various capabilities. Both higher and lower end.
For myself, I went over to laptops a little over a year ago to stay mobile and also collect email at one spot.
I'm coming off of a:
Core duo 1.6mhz t2500
1 gig 2-5??mb 533mhz chips
100gb 5400 rpm hard drive
2??mb Video Radeon 1600
15.5 in wxga
xp pro sp2
It chokes on a regular basis.
I just purchased an Inspiron 6400:
Core 2 Duo t7200 2.00ghz 4mb ram ig 667 mhz
2gb,ddr2,667 mhz 2 dimm
256mb ati mobility ratheon x1400 hypermemory
100gb sata 7200rpm hard drive
xp pro sp2
15.4 inch ultrasharp tru life wxga+
What I'll be running are multiple instances and open files of autocadd, excel (less than 6mb each and multiples), word, browser (3 to 8 sites), outlook small business and I may listen to some music too along with the assorted support programs.
Some times I'll be using 2 monitors.
I'd like ample room for spare also.
I have 2 questions:
1) Will I see a noticible appreciation of power and speed with the upgrades I've outlined above.
2) Will this t7200 get me to where I want to be or should I expect this machine to occasionally choke up on me too.