I feel like a total noob here but the only stupid questions is the one not asked...
I have an old (2003) Acer Travelmate 802 XP Pro (never again, housing been replaced 3 times and again completely toast/cracked/hinges gone, never dropped/bumped) with a 1.3 pentium and 2 gig ram and basically unused for the last 2 years.
A Dell Lattitude D820 XP Pro (2006)1.6 with 4 gig ram.
Secretary has a desktop with 3.something Intel XP Pro with 2 gig ram.
The desktop is notably faster then the laptops at rendering Internet pages.
99% of my personal PC time is spend internet surfing gizmodo, autoblog etc with Opera and 25 tabs at a time (or more) and otherwise streaming tv shows on IE8.
Now, what is the MINIMUM recommended hardware spec for the best experience as per above use case?
1 - Value for money specs: ?
2 - Ultimate specs: ?
Please do not say Atom is fine etc because I tried that a year ago on a borrowed Compaq netbook and it was horrible.