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Advice on DVD burner for new system

I am building my first system from the ground up and need a recommendation for a reliable DVD burner. I will be using a Intel E6400 CPU. I would like a SATA drive, but I intend an Intel DG965WH MoBo, so Ithink I can use either connector. I am not a gamer (although I do enjoy the occassional game), but it is mostly for my home office and general use.

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Only 2 answers for me.

I either pop in a 40 buck unit and count on replacing it in a few years or get one of those slot loading Plextors and hope it lasts 2 years.

-> It's a real problem since these are commodity items with no maker looking to make a 5 or 10 year device.


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just don't get the "off" brands

stick to sony/lg/lite-on/samsung and avoid the generics.

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So that Kbyte unit that is over 3 years old is...

Not a good idea? It was one of those 20 dollar specials.


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i've seen too many io**gics and mem***xes go belly up

to recommend them. with somebody having a sale every week, you can always get a better brand (with real warranty support) for only a bit more.

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The sad thing about warranty is...

After shipping and time... Those 40 and under buck units seem cheaper.


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Plextor vs. others

Plextor is pretty pricey. Are they that much better? How does Lite-On rate? I've seen some good prices on those with lots of features.

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ramarc had them on his list.

I've bought a few NEC's. I can't think of any names I wouldn't buy if features, warranty and price are right.

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