Hewlett-Packard Company Compliment - HP verses Dell - HP m8407 package from Costco
KIHEI, HAWAII -- I'd previously asked whether I should have bought the Dell 420XPS on sale, or get an HP from Costco ($1300) quad core 6600 512 NVidea G8500 video card, 4 gigs of ram. I was nervous about getting Vista, but after reading stories about Dell, I went with Costco's 90 day return policy and 2 year warranty (they offer it on all computers and TV's bought there.
I had trouble getting the speakers (on monitor) to work, I called Costco Concierge help who put me with an HP rep (and yes he spoke American English. Problem was solved, but speakers sounded terrible, which he told me is typical (they are built into the monitor and are on the back). I got lucky at a yard sale and bought some Harmon/Karden speakers for $5 and they sound great.
My son said we don't need this much computer, and I should return it for a different one, but I love it so far.