I stopped buying compaqs as of 2 years ago. We had ordered 6 (I work in IT). 4 died within 6 months and 2 have serious overheating problems. Maybe the newer ones are better.
Honestly, I order and deploy at least 50 laptops per year. I have yet to see any one brand not have any problems. Best of the bunch to me are Thinkpads. Whatever you get, back up your data!