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Thinkpad T420 for 1833 $ or T61 for 500$ ?

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hi

i have selected out couple models hire, my my concern is the resolution, I do not know what to pick since i have never used a notebook.

I dont really want to pay over 1000$ maybe 700$ would be a good price.

I will carry it with me, on a bike, to the work, daily. Gaming is not intended, but some would not hurt. if the Graphic card can get the passmark (score of 650) then it can run pretty much any game anyway.

Another my concern is that I use win XP & all my programs I have made are written for xp, I do not have time nor wish to brainf**k myself with any other OS.

Will those expensive machines run XP ?

I was thinking, but i do not know if its possible to replace so many things.

So what if Id buy some cheap T60 for 300$, Replace the hdd to the 'Intel 320 120GB SSD (200 €)(270 USD)' And processor to (Intel Core i3-330M) ?


Selected machines are:

Thinkpad T420 NW183MS (999 €) (1342 USD)
Protsessor Intel i5 2410M 2.3GHz (passmark: 3358 213)
Memory 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
HDD 500GB 7200RPM
Video Intel HD 3000
Screen 14'' WXGA 1366x768 LED Anti-Glare
Weight 1.96kg
cell 9h-6 element
other 4x usb


Thinkpad T420 4236RJ3 (1150 €) (1545 USD)
Protsessor Intel i5 2410M 2.3GHz
Memory 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
HDD 500GB 7200RPM
Video nVIDIA Quadro NVS 4200M 1GB DDR3 VRAM
Screen 14'' WXGA 1366x768 LED Anti-Glare


Thinkpad T420 (1 365 €)(1833 USD)
Protsessor Intel i5 2410M 2.3GHz
Memory 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
HDD 500GB 7200RPM
Video Intel HD 3000 + nVIDIA NVS 4200M 1GB DDR3 VRAM
Screen 14'' WXGA 1600x900 LED Anti-Glare (matte)


Thinkpad T60 - Used 300 (315 €) (425 USD)
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Protsessor Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83GHz (passmark: 876 734)
Memory 2GB DDR2 667MHz
HDD 60GB 5400RPM
Video Ati Mobility Radeon X1300 64MB
Screen 14.1'' SVGA 1400x1050 (matte)
Weight 2.8kg
other 3x usb
OS Win xp pro


Thinkpad T61 - Used 300 (349 €) (470 USD)
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Protsessor Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2GHz (passmark: 1154 624)
Memory 2GB DDR2 667MHz
HDD 100GB 5400RPM
Video AIntel GMA 950
Screen 14.1'' WXGA 1280x800 (matt)
OS Win xp pro
Edited by magicalmuffin - 10/9/11 at 2:56am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 3000 MHz Gigabyte EP35-DS3L NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 <-crap Crossair XMS2 2x1GB DDR2 800 MHz / PC6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
ST3160815AS (160 GB) NEC DVD_RW ND-3540A win XP sp3 decreased by 80% with Nlite SyncMaster943n1280x1024 
Power
Zelman 460 W 
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Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 3000 MHz Gigabyte EP35-DS3L NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 <-crap Crossair XMS2 2x1GB DDR2 800 MHz / PC6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
ST3160815AS (160 GB) NEC DVD_RW ND-3540A win XP sp3 decreased by 80% with Nlite SyncMaster943n1280x1024 
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Zelman 460 W 
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I have been doing a lot of research lately about the T6x laptops. If you are at all interested in an IPS display, get a t60 laptop. The 15" none widescreen comes with 3 options, a xga (1024x768) non IPS, a sxga+ (1400x1050) IPS, and a uxga (1600x1200) IPS. But what is usually done is swap in a qxga (2048x1536) IPS panel and have amazing resolution.

The T61 laptops don't have an IPS screen option, but they do come with better motherboards supporting faster processors and up to 8gb of ram. What is usually done with the 15" t60 is you swap a 14.1" T61 motherboard and you get all the benefits of the t61 laptops with an awesome IPS display.

I just bought on ebay for $300 a t60p with a t7600 (2.3ghz) cpu and a firegl v5250 and IPS sxga+. Being that it is a workstation card some say it isn't good for games, but there are mods you can do to turn it into a x1700 and use regular drivers to get better performance in games.

Best of luck, PM me if you want any more details about a t6x laptop!

Go over to forum.thinkpads.com if you want a thinkpad forum, lots of good stuff over there.
Edited by J.Harris - 10/9/11 at 8:45am
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