Question: What is required to make a 1:1 copy, a good reader or a good writer?

What is needed to make a 1:1 copy, a good reader or a good writer? Which is more important?

Both.

If you are looking for cheap, you can’t go past the lite-on combo.

16X DVD 165H / 166s
48x12x48 (or even 24x is ok) CD writer.

In OZ, it will cost you less than Aus$200 for the pair.

Almost all modern CD-RWs can do the reading and writing. For SD1/2 games, a good reader will simply lower the read time, and for SD2, depending on the version, you need a good writer to make a perfect 1:1 copy. Lite-Ons are great for this.

www.newegg.com is selling a bulk LTR-48125W (48x12x48x) for $45 with free s/h.