Best DVD-Burners are BenQ, NEC, Pioneer, LG, or Plextor and not necessarily in that order. Lite-On DVD-Burners in my opinion aren't very good or well built at all, I'd stay away. Their CD-Burners and DVD-Rom drives were much better quality than their DVD-Burners.
For a CD-Burner you can't really go wrong with any of the brands anymore but to be on the safe side I'd recommend either a Lite-On (notice the difference here as I list them first - they really are great cd-burners!), Plextor, Samsung (TS-H492A CD-RW/DVD combo is an awesome CD-Burner for me!), or maybe a BenQ (don't really have any experience with their cd burners. But with the price of cd-burners nowadays I'd say go for the Lite-On or Plextor or the Samsung model I have and you really can't go wrong.
@xscorpion - You need to read up on these forums more. He also didn't mention Playstation 2 - I only saw mention of Playstation games which are fine on an 80 minute CD-R. Just use name brand media like Fuji, Maxell, TDK, etc. I have been using Ridata CD-R's and they seem to be just fine outside of a blank media code so you don't know what they are but they are 48x and burn up to 52x (overspeeding, yay!) on my Samsung. The Fuji 52x cd-r's burned at a full 52x on my Samsung and I had some 32x Memorex's before that could overspeed to 40x (not that I go much over 16x since I do a lot with my music collection for work and I go slower so my Sony MP3 CD-R/RW capable boombox can read them correctly to be on the safe side!
Check out www.chiefvalue.com for some good deals - they also have a lot of free shipping deals going on right now. I'd stay away from KHypermedia, HP, and other cd-r brands. I'd also look for cd-r's with the silverish type bottoms as they seem to be more scratch resistance. That's the reason I recommend to stay away from HP CD-R's as they have a purple bottom (CMC Magnetics Dye) and seem to scratch really easily if you aren't careful even if decent cd storage wallets.