I know, not another friggin what drive should I buy thread.
I am helping a friend build a system (started out just helping him pick some parts but now think I might get stuck building it). He said something about paying me a little so no big deal (though I'm hoping he just wants help rather than me do it all for him). So is the benq 1620 still about the best for the money (about 45$ on newegg right now). I know that a 3500 would be beter but they are too hard to find and the places that have them want twice what the benq costs. I doubt very much that he would wait for a 3540 (0r the 1640). I'm guessing the 16x liteons (newer models, havent really followed them) are still not liked. For under 60$ avalable right now, is thier really anything beter? This would probably be his only drive and I'm not sure how savy he is to screwing with his firmware (might have to just find a good all around firmware that won't void his waranty and flash it to that for him). Any other contenders out thier (lg I guess but I'm not to farmiliar with them, not that I'm super farmiliar with the benq either). It can do error testing and bitsetting (not sure how many sheep it is) but thats two out of three and it's suposed to burn good with lots of media, right (I know it favors +)?
On a side note, looking throught the benq forum, it seems that ty and mcc seem to be preferable with the 1620. Any other recomendations?