You can bank the 450 for a new machine in a few years.
I've got a dilemma here. I'm headed off to college in September, so that means I need a laptop. I'm entering a Network Engineering and Security Analyst program. See this page for a list of general things that includes. (http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/jobcentre/coop/programsandcontacts/compSysTech.html)
I'm torn between buying a brand-new Toshiba R835-P56X (thanks to all the amazing reviews its received) for give-or-take $850 or buying a used ThinkPad T61 which I could probably get for around $400 through my job. I've never bought new, I've always refurbished laptops myself, so the appeal of a brand new laptop is there. The specs on the Toshiba sound wonderful. However, Thinkpads are also wonderful to use and easy to fix, when they do break. I just won't have the joy of a nice shiny new laptop to work with.
The main issue here is durability. Is the Toshiba gonna die on me 1 year into my 3 year program? I want to be certain that this notebook will last me at the very least through the 3 years. Keep in mind I've worked as an IT professional since I was 15 so I understand how to take good care of a notebook but also that college WILL put wear and tear on it regardless.
Throw your opinions at me, I cannot decide so I'm looking for whatever suggestions and tips I can get to help me decide. Thanks in advance.