The only thing I did not like is that HP did not document well what was required to play HD-DVDs. The computer is fully capable but you must have a monitor that supports HDCP (copy protection for HD discs) So no HD-dvd will play because of the copy protection and their are only a few monitors that support it $700 and up range. Works fine if you use the analog output but then you loose the real HD experience. You can connect it toaHDCP TV which all TVs with an HDMI import will support. Pc has plenty of power. it doesn't record or play high def (with a high def monitor).
It isn't geared for that. Confused as to why it will play the High Def DVD's, but, not the high def channels.
thanks again...the WARRANTY ISSUES...becuase i'm a NEWBE..is the ONLY reason I don't have a friend build me one...