Whats a good *external* cd-rw most bang for the buck and a good usb 2.0 pci card?

Whats a good external cd-rw most bang for the buck and a good usb 2.0 pci card thats not to much $?

Also how stable are usb 2.0/usb 1.1 cd-rw drives? I know they have burn proof and everything but do they burn as fast as the internel ones at the same speed ratings?

My bro has a YAMAHA CRW-F1DX for his laptop. It does pretty much everything, fast. Not as good as the Lite-Ons in the Correct EFM-Encoding, w/ 1 sheep instead of 2, but from what I heard, it’s a good deal.

As for the USB 2.0 card, any will do. Don’t waste your money on the over priced adaptec brand.