my 2gb ram five year old laptop never fails me. I like it for the sturdy build and unbeatable display and graphics(Sio kunimulika tu like most comps do nowadays). Keyboard is made for function and not for show off. Not very light though.
I suggest with that money go get some second hand stuff. you might have to replace a few things like batt and hard drive. If you can, get something made in the Germany, Britain, Poland and you will have real quality.