Go with the Core 2 Duo system. It'll be a lot easier (and cheaper) to add more RAM at some later date when finances are a bit more plentiful compared to the CPU. Only having 2GB will be pushing things a bit, but a single core CPU on a new laptop will likely be even worse long term. Just try and set aside a little money here and there to eventually buy another 2GB of RAM later. If it takes 3-6 months, then so be it, but sooner or later you'll want to get more RAM for the system.
Hey everyone - I'm buying a new laptop - probably the Dell Vostro V13 - but I'm on a budget and can't get maxed-out specs. So I figured I could afford either their Core 2 Solo SU3500 model with 4 gigs of RAM or their Core 2 Duo SU7300 model with only 2 gigs or RAM. I will be using the laptop for very basic things - word, excel, internet, streaming, downloads and photo uploads, etc. No intensive applications. But I'd like to have the fastest, smoothest experience I can - quickest boot-up time, etc. Which spec do you suggest I do with?