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Looking for new laptop without HDD or Windows license

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Hello everybody, I'm looking to buy a new laptop for music editing, preferably with an i7 and Nvidia graphics, but what I'm more interested is kind of a general question.
Is it possible to buy a laptop without an HDD or windows windows installed on an HDD. I usually end up upgrading to an SSD and I don't want windows 8 anyway, so it's just throwing away money as far as I'm concerned.

Any ideas?
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I am not aware of any (mass produced) laptop that ships without Windows apart from Macbooks and this laptop:

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition.
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/xps-13-linux/pd
No i7 or NVIDIA graphics.


Your other option is to custom configure a laptop from a boutique vendor (like Xoticpc.com) and specify not to include a Windows license.

Good luck.
    
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What kind of laptop are you looking for?

Pretty much any Sager laptop from Xoticpc.com can be shipped without windows. But most of the Sager line are for gamers...
     
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Some barebones laptops do exist. MSI makes a few. I do not know if they are missing more beyond the HD and OS, however. The OS cost to manufacturers combined with a cheap WD drive is not significant.
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