I have a computer going on 5 years old now with:
- AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) 750 MHz processor
- ABIT motherboard with VIA chipset and Highpoint RAID
- reasonably fast Seagate 40 GB C: and dual 80 GB d: (mirrored) - probably 3 years old
- 512 MB CL2 RAM (either PC100 or PC133- don’t remember)
- Windows 2000 install that’s as old as the computer and working great
I need a drive to (in order of importance):
a) Burn DL DVDs for backups of pictures and video
b) Rip CDs reasonably fast with full paranoia (slow) using CDex/cdparanoia/EAC/etc.
c) Burn data CDs
It doesn’t need to burn them that quickly, but it has to be able to not make coasters. I can manually turn down the burning speed if I need to.
So, my question is- pretty much all of the drives I’ve read reviews of say they require a P4 1.3 GHz or higher CPU. I assume that’s to burn at full speed, and I could get away with something slower if I burn at a lower rate. My disks stream pretty fast, so I don’t see an issue with them.
Will most of the newer drives WORK on my PC, just not at full speed?
I’m a techie, but I’ve been spending money on things like cars and saving the rest, so I haven’t upgraded this machine, because it works fine for what I use it for (mostly the web and photo editing). I can handle technical hurdles as long as the hardware itself will work.