The reason I was looking at HP is because that is the brand of my old one.
Which must have served you well or you would not consider purchasing a new HP, that = +1
It might very well be that there are better ones out there for the price
Swings and roundabouts, the ASUS that I provided the link to for example is better value for money by having the 4GB dedicated video card which is more than adequate for your slideshows and picture library etc, the one small advantage that the two HP Envy computers have is the built in Wi-Fi capability, this could be soon remedied by adding a wireless USB adapter to the ASUS such as this example here
, you can get them for less cash but the Rosewill is Windows 8 certified.
What I didn't care for is that they always come with bundled software, you never get your own installation disks of Windows, etc.
for OEM (original equipment manufacturers) as they have a volume licence agreement with Microsoft, they get the OS for a lesser amount and then pass some of the savings on to the end user albeit - a full retail Windows OS disk, in case you are not already aware of how an OEM OS licence works, if you were to have problems with your Windows installation it is the manufacturer of the computer that is responsible for providing support and not Microsoft.
I was also told that Intel makes better processors
That is a matter of opinion and somewhat of a long standing debate the world over (FWIW, I have not had an AMD CPU since the 1990`s so there is no bias on my behalf).
If you think there are better computers out there for the money, I would appreciate your opinion. Oh, and as for a graphics card...I take it that while this one is adequate, you think there are better ones? I'd like to buy a computer that I don't have to worry about adding things on to.
The ASUS and the wireless adapter at the moment.**
OEM brands such as ASUS, Dell and HP etc strongly recommend that if a re-installation disk is not bundled with your new computer that you create your own back up media as a priority.