Openbox will install but crashes when you try to use it.
Sorry to contradict you but I use it on several machines and it crashes on none. Otherwise, it didn't work fine one one of Old-Polack's machines where he knows it needed another kernel (and this was specific to that one machine and true for other PCLinuxOS flavors too including a Kde one).
You can't state that Openbox is less light that Lxde, for 2 reasons : if it crashes on your machine, you don't have a comparison. The second reason is there are less programs running to manage the desktop, so less processes mean less resources needed. Lxde is much better for ease of use than Openbox version because you don't need to learn shortkeys, whereas the interesting part in pure Openbox is shortkeys. The right clic menu which is automatically generated also brings more ease than what you usually get in pure Openbox distributions, but there you don't have the classic menu : so Lxde can't be lighter on ram and cpu, but it's not far behind at all, and much more easy to use for any person beginning or not wanting to deal too much with computing. This is the one I will install for all the newbies I know, especially if their machine is not very young. This is also the one I will use when I will start again an Edu project version (very soon).