Well duh, thanks for pointing that out. I didn't think of that at all. From limited reading, it seems this drive isn't as good as a 3500, but I have to assume it would be a lot better than the nuttered GA-4161b?
Well, that would be option but we'll need a Newegg.ca for that.
Also, the friend in question wants to be burning dvds like yesterday, and shipping in Canada generally sucks.
Thanks for the input. Goes to look for reviews