Thanks I went ahead and ordered a used D430 off of ebay. I appreciate the advice. Only reservations I have on it are:
It's Windows XP, this is both good and bad. Maybe just good. Good because I like to run older games and since this system won't be able to handle much more than older games, and Windows XP was always more cooperative than 7 etc with older games, that's great.
The bad part could be VLC codec issues, able to reassure me on that?
Will I have any issue getting VLC up and running just as effectively as on my Asus G73 laptop with 7 64 bit? Will this thing run movies smoothly? What if some of the files I have are a bit large, obviously they'll be scaled down to this little resolution but, could it struggle with those? I imagine so.
Other thing is, it's only got 80gb hd. However, I am probably fine on that I was checking some of the sizes of old games like Diablo 2, StarCraft, etc. They are like 1 or 2gb each so I could put a lot of stuff like that on there plus I have these 2 1 terabyte each external hard drives which is where the movies are.
FYI this is for passing the time between responsibilities (not much of that) on a submarine during months under water.
Thanks again for the help.