compaq is that bad. mine has a myriad of problems, including the ethernet port and 2 of 3 usb ports stopped working (not software related, reinstalled windows twice), overheating, constant locking up, even the rubber feet have all fallen off.
and i agree burton up there. for 2 grand (minus whatever discount you may get) you could get a MUCH better computer than you can get at best buy, from a better vendor, probably better quality, and have money left to burn
what will he be using it for?