To be fair, parcel shipping back to them (1-4 days) was ~$10 and they sent back the drive immediately upon receiving my return (2 days) to Edmonton so it should be in the same ballpark for Calgary. I shipped it on Monday, they sent one out on Wednesday so it should arrive on Mon-Wed.
Caveats aside, I still highly recommend the machine--I just wish they'd offer the Sapphire DDR4 HD4670 as an option instead of having an underpowered 9400GT since it's proven to be a power-sipper and the Arctic Cooling fan on it super-quiet.
Onboard sound sucks ass though with the tight confines leading to so much interference/hissing through both front and back jacks. As a result, I am glad I have an X-Fi XtremeGamer to use. I can't vouch for whatever USB NICs they provide if you opt for an Asus sound card but I can say avoid the Linksys USB->Ethernet (USB200M) one since it BSODs on heavy network use (BitTorrent) and their drivers aren't signed.
The USB Wifi dongle
I got from Newegg.ca is rock-solid though and comes with a high-gain antenna.
From research, it looks like for USB to Ethernet, a Cables-to-Go Fast Ethernet adapter
has the most well-supported chipset (where the chipset maker provides updated drivers for ALL OSes, even 64-bit) compared to the shit support from major brands D-Link and Linksys.
After 6 years on SPCR and dicking around with my own DIY, I'm finally happy with a (mostly) off-the-shelf build.
I replaced what I thought was a noisy Asus with a proven quiet Pioneer DVR-216 but that one too has a loud sound when burning at max (20x) speed--must be due to small confines of case--the same model drive was quiet in my much heavier Antec Solo.
Shortcomings: wish it had an onboard NIC, a newer southbridge that supported eSATA, port multiplication, AHCI, hotswap, a card reader that supported SDHC and maybe a PCIE-1x slot. I don't like Seagate Momentus drives and wish they would fit them with WD Scorpio Blues instead. I put a 500GB one in mine.