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Getting a new lappy

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Motherboard Zotac 890GX-ITX WiFi||Lenovo 8918CTO
Cooling Stock 3x 120's||Stock stuff
Memory 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 6-6-6-15||3GB DDR2
Video Card(s) Asus 3870x2||nVidia Quadro NVS 140M
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Display(s) Samsung T260HD||
Case SilverStone Grandia GD05||
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ok, so heres the story. My parents are arguing with me about the lappy i want. and maybe i want something that i shouldnt get but who knows...so i want to see what yall think...i got 2 systems in mind, one with xp and one with vista

Lenovo IBM ThinkPad R61 15.4"
Intel T9300
Windows XP Pro
nVidia Quadro NVS 140M PC Card/PCIe
3GB PC2-5300 DDR2
160GB HDD 7200 RPM
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
for $1156.50 USD

HP DV9700T 17"
Intel T9300
Vista Home Premium x64 SP1
4GB RAM
512MB nVidia 8600M GS
FREE Upgrade to HP Imprint (Radiance) + Fingerprint Reader + Webcam + Microphone
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection
240GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (120GB x 2)
for $1403.99 USD

So which one is better for starting college do yall think?
 
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My vote is with Lenovo, the two HP computers I've had in the past have had problems (yes they were old crappy things but I just don't trust them). From a couple of friends I have who are both better at computers than I am (I would say I'm average, they're both highly knowledgeable) they both like Lenovo. And if they're willing to get the HP, why not upgrade the Lenovo to be the same or similar specs?
 
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Motherboard Zotac 890GX-ITX WiFi||Lenovo 8918CTO
Cooling Stock 3x 120's||Stock stuff
Memory 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 6-6-6-15||3GB DDR2
Video Card(s) Asus 3870x2||nVidia Quadro NVS 140M
Storage 1TB Seagate Barracuda, 1x 2TB WD EARX ||Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
Display(s) Samsung T260HD||
Case SilverStone Grandia GD05||
Audio Device(s) on-board||on-board
Power Supply Cooler Master 450W||6-cell
Software Windows 7 Pro x64||Windows 7 Pro x64/Linux Mint x64
The thing is, if i dont have to get vista, then i wont. but im just not sure of it yet. cuz windows 7 is just 2 years away...if they dont push dates back...
 
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I know the release date for Windows 7 has been changed a couple of times (once to a different year, once back to 2k10 that I know of) but after how the release of Vista went I wouldn't be jumping at the chance to try a new MS operating system.
 
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Motherboard Zotac 890GX-ITX WiFi||Lenovo 8918CTO
Cooling Stock 3x 120's||Stock stuff
Memory 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 6-6-6-15||3GB DDR2
Video Card(s) Asus 3870x2||nVidia Quadro NVS 140M
Storage 1TB Seagate Barracuda, 1x 2TB WD EARX ||Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
Display(s) Samsung T260HD||
Case SilverStone Grandia GD05||
Audio Device(s) on-board||on-board
Power Supply Cooler Master 450W||6-cell
Software Windows 7 Pro x64||Windows 7 Pro x64/Linux Mint x64
I know, thats why im trying to stay with xp, but my parents dont quite get it...:banghead:
 
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Well if you search around on the web (I think there is an article on here) MS got a big federal lawsuit against them concerning Vista, so that might help parent's realize it isn't quite up to spec, and after talking to one of the aforementioned friends, he says he has heard a few things about the R series and if possible upgrade to the T series.
 
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System Name HTPC||Lenovo IBM ThinkPad
Processor AMD Phenom II x4 965 stock 3.4GHz||Intel C2D T9300 @ 2.5GHz
Motherboard Zotac 890GX-ITX WiFi||Lenovo 8918CTO
Cooling Stock 3x 120's||Stock stuff
Memory 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 6-6-6-15||3GB DDR2
Video Card(s) Asus 3870x2||nVidia Quadro NVS 140M
Storage 1TB Seagate Barracuda, 1x 2TB WD EARX ||Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM
Display(s) Samsung T260HD||
Case SilverStone Grandia GD05||
Audio Device(s) on-board||on-board
Power Supply Cooler Master 450W||6-cell
Software Windows 7 Pro x64||Windows 7 Pro x64/Linux Mint x64
yeah, i tried that, but idk...all i know is that i got till the 20th to place the order or else im stuck with vista...so im prolly just gonna price em out and see what happens
 
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