Hi, all. This is my first post, and I am only posting because after searching and reading, I am still unsure as to what to do. I am looking for help in selecting a dvd burner (or two) for my new build.
My relevant build hardware/OS: I will be running Vista 32 bit on a XFX 680i LT mobo, and an Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU. PSU will be Coolermaster Real Power Pro 750W.
First, I want two optical drives, but only one needs to burn dvds.
Concerns: I have read that there have been problems with using SATA for optical drives (Vista and nvidia problems), and am unsure as to whether I would be better off buying IDE drives or 1 IDE optical to boot off of and 1 SATA as my primary burner.
What I will use my drives for: I do have DVD-Rom games, and am not sure how a drive’s features affect efficient access of those files if at all. I burn audio cds on cd-r a lot, and have burned data to dvd, but have never burned any movies (and do not expect to do that much, but I intend to burn a family movie to DVD a couple of times a year).
Cost is an issue, but so is reliability. I would probably put an emphasis on drive silence over fancy features. I don’t need Lightscribe or anything like that.
There have been some posts on these issues, but I have read a lot that only recommend drives that are already discontinued.