Hi, I am finally going to get into the CDR burning era and am curious about where to start. First off, I have an IBM Net Vista computer, 566 speed, 64 MB RAM (which I’m going to increase to 128 MB before installing a burner).
I have been looking at several drives over the last couple of weeks but can’t make up my mind on which one to “pull the trigger” on and get.
I have looked at several Lite-On models which appear to offer a lot of bang for the buck. I have also seen some refurbished Plextors online for about the same price as the Lite-Ons; only difference is 90-day warranty with those as compared to a year for the Lite-Ons. I’ve also looked at spending a little more for the TDK writer whose model name escapes me at the moment. I’ve also seen some LG’s for good prices.
Can anyone give this newbie some recommendations about where to start? I’m basically looking for an IDE model that will give me reasonably solid performance just to get my foot in the door and get started with this, I can look at upgrading and updating later. I don’t have a mint to spend but I don’t want to go dirt cheap either because I know you get what you pay for and I’m wanting something that’s going to work right out of the box and last and not screw my computer up (I found a good deal on some CenDyne units but in doing my homework on this I saw several reports of these causing problems with Windows and keeping people from booting up their computers). And I’m not looking for something that has to be speed-of-light fast either, again I’m just looking for a starting point, it’s really irrelevant to me right now if it takes 8 minutes compared to 4 to burn a CD. Is there vast and appreciable difference between 32X, 40X, 48X anyway?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!