for the burner, I have the optiarc 7200, considered good here, there is a sony equivalent that's retail boxed, don't really do ripping so can't comment there, but its quite easy to find, just type into google something about a good dvd ripper and see what comes up, or on here,
just looked, they don't do the 7200 anymore, its now the 22x version,
7220, sony retail equiv. is the dru865
and no feedback to suggest that's as good yet, samsung 22x and the pioneer 216 aren't reputed to be as good.
you could get the samsung 203, the withought lightscribe version was one of the best, and they still have the lightscribe version which is the same on there for the burner.
its on page 2
be aware, aopen, some asus, hp drives, too are rebadged lliteons
but from consensus, liteon for ripping, just did some reading
so burning, optiarc 7220 if its as good as the 7200, or the sony equivalent, the samsung 203, perhaps an lg?
and a liteon for ripping
I would go retail boxed myself,
, the liteon ihas322 on page 1,
and the sony dru865s retail.
( or the others I mentioned, which aren't)
....if the 22x's are as good as the 20x optiarcs,
if not go for the sammy 203n on page 2, or poss, an lg, the burners are easy, one of those 3, sam, sony/opti, or lg,
which liteon or variant, I have no idea really, but there ya. go....
and pick a liteon or asus/hp variant, avoid plextors like the plague, apparently all are rebadged now, and twice as dear
obviously, don't go open box for these things.
this has been edited a few times , whilst researching, so its got a bit messy....