Exact audio copy, setting it up installing & using for newbie

I have been exploring Exact Audio Copy, it seems to be one of the best around, & I have been using this guide; http://www.teqnilogik.com/tutorials/eac.shtml

I got through to about where it describes settings compression options, & (using LAME 3.97) is click able & leads to this; http://www.rarewares.org/mp3.php

If these links I placed here are not click able, they can be copied to ones browser bar.

I see there is an mp3 tab from which one can pick different LAMEs, which one should I choose? I clicked on the LAME bundles, & I downloaded the zip file for the LAME 3.99.a1 the bundle at the top of this list.

I am running windows XP home edition service pack 2 on a Dell PC with a Pentium processor, & 1GB of RAM. My drive I am using is a Pioneer DVD-+RW drive, DVR-111L.

I followed all the steps for mp3 in the compression settings guide, except I am a little confused on the LAME part. It seems to be separate from exact audio copy, but works along side it to compress to mp3.

I feel a little lost right now, it seems I have to take a lot of steps just to insure I can get accurate mp3 rips of my CDs. I have so far been using itunes, ripping at 192 at a constant bit rate. but apparently it is not so accurate or reliable. Are there any other simple accurate programs that would be better than itunes or windows media player? I have about 300+ albums, & I am trying to determine whether it is worth re ripping them all, it will be somewhat tedious.

Where are you stuck at in setting up EAC?..Try these guides,
http://blowfish.be/eac/Setup/setup1.html
http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=EAC_and_Lame

And read about using 'Secure and Accurate rippers…e.g. EAC, dBpowerAmp…
http://www.dbpoweramp.com/secure-ripper.htm
As you will see after some reading, " the last thing you need is a ripper which indicates a rip was error free when in fact there [I]are[/I] errors."…

[QUOTE=t0nee1;2481833]Where are you stuck at in setting up EAC?..Try these guides,
http://blowfish.be/eac/Setup/setup1.html
http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=EAC_and_Lame

And read about using 'Secure and Accurate rippers…e.g. EAC, dBpowerAmp…
http://www.dbpoweramp.com/secure-ripper.htm
As you will see after some reading, " the last thing you need is a ripper which indicates a rip was error free when in fact there [I]are[/I] errors."…[/QUOTE]

from the dBpower amp link, it appears that it is even better than EAC, I googled some of this & I kept seeing everybody referring to EAC, but do you think dB power amp is better? should I start with that? is it simpler to set & use than EAC?

what bit rates do you recommend? I would like the mp3s to sound fairly good on a stereo, but not take up too much hard drive space.

Well, not exactly sure which is better, but [I]personally[/I] I would say it [I]is[/I] user-friendlier(IMO)…And it is current and updated…
Once setup and configured properly, EAC is still a giant in audio rippers…
As far as bit rate recommendations, you can try different settings and test for yourself…That is the best thing you can do, since none of us share ears or have identical equipment…
I normally use Lame MP3 -V2 ~192kbps for my portable listening…
Some like using the highest lame MP3 bitrate of 320kbps CBR, but for me(to my ears), it’s overkill for portable listening, since the lower VBR bitrates are transparent to me… AFAIC, if using that high a bitrate, you might as well stick to lossless…But that’s another topic…
Good luck, and rock away!..
http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=LAME