I'm a complete noob here, and also when it comes to buying a DVD burner. I apologize if this topic has been covered hundreds of times here. I was referred here by a fellow member of SilentPCReview.com.
I'm getting ready to build my first PC. The PC will not be a gaming or home theater rig - the most intense activity will be photo editing (and possibly some video editing if I ever buy a camcorder). I want powerful and quiet.
I need a CD/DVD burner mostly for loading software, and making backups of data, photos, etc. I occasionally make music mix CDs for my wife and I also.
I will need one drive for sure, and am leaning towards the SATA interface as the cables are smaller (better for airflow inside the case it would seem). I am trying to make a decision between getting a bruner with the IDE interface or the SATA interface, and have some questions:
- Is the SATA interface better than IDE?
- If the SATA interface is the way to go, are there many drives out there that are of good quality?
- If there are quality SATA DVD bruners out there, can you suggest one or two? I need it with a black bezel.
I am building a Core 2 Duo system with an E6600 CPU and an Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard. I will be running Windows XP Pro SP2 to start with, and may possibly switch to Vista down the road (once one or two service pack updates are released by MS). I will be using a P812 case from Antec.
My main priorities for a burner (in order) are as follows:
- able to burn CDs and DVDs, and also dual-layer DVDs
- accurate CD and DVD creation (low frequency of producing a drink coaster)
- low noise relative to other drives out there
Thanks in advance for helping this noob make a purchase decision.