I'm looking into options to replace my now dead laptop.
My dead box is an HP nc8230 which was a Pentium-M 1.86 (Dothan core), 2GB, 60 GB 5400RPM PATA, Radeon x600 w/64M Vid RAM, 15" screen running Windows 7 Pro 32bit. It was decent for the past 5 years but as time went on I've wanted something a bit smaller and now that its dead, I have that chance.
I'm looking at the HP dm3z ultraportable (not a netbook, don't want a netbook).
My budget is only $500 so my options are limited. The config I'm looking at is as follows:
Athlon Neo X2 335 (512MB L2)
Win7 Home Premium x64
ATI Radeon HD 3200
I'm not all that familiar with the Athlon II Neo line. How is the performance? I expect it would be faster than my old Pentium-M machine, but not sure how much.
The primary use for this machine will be surfing, e-mail, some light web development (PHP/MySQL) running Dreamweaver CS4, the occasional game like Sim City 4, Sims 3 (I'd love to play Dragon Age on it but my hopes aren't super high there).