I am aware that no matter what computer related equipment I buy, in six months there will be a new and improved version that comes out and that my $300 purchase is now selling for $179. I just wanted to prevent myself from buying a DVD burner, then find out that an improved one just came out and that everyone but me had been waiting for it for the last six weeks.
Since I wrote the original post, I found out that the DRU-510 is coming out soon. I may just use an old CD drive and wait until it comes out and is proven to be a good drive before I buy it.
BTW â€“ my plan is to build a system based on a Canterwood i875 motherboard with SATA and a Pentium IV 3.0-800 and 1 gig of ram. Later this year Intel will be introducing the Prescott chip (probably called Pentium V). After these have been on the market awhile and the price comes down (maybe in 12-18 months) I will upgrade processors. I mention this to say that I want the DVD burner to last at least this long