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Rayman1968
12-28-05, 11:16 AM
I've never gotten into the multi-media stuff, but now both a friend and myself are wanting to get a DVD drive/burner.

Looking at Newegg I'm completely lost. +R, -R, Dual Layer.....huh? We just want to be able to install programs/games that are on DVD and also maybe burn DVD's (if the price isn't too great of a difference).

Can you guys suggest some 'middle of the road' drives that would fit our needs? (preferably from Newegg)

Thanks for any help/suggestions!

Riptide
12-28-05, 11:27 AM
Get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152058

Get a copy of Nero to burn discs with.

I wouldn't worry much about -R/+R. Normally that won't matter much.

Rayman1968
12-28-05, 12:21 PM
Does it have to be Nero? Would the basic Easy CD Creator software work with it?

Salamandar
12-28-05, 01:02 PM
Word of advice, Avoid the NEC.
I had 3 of them and nothing but troubles reading DVD discs.
It burns so right but when it comes to reading CDs and DVDs it becomes a different drive.

Riptide
12-28-05, 01:32 PM
Does it have to be Nero? Would the basic Easy CD Creator software work with it?Nero is better IMO but Roxio should work OK.

nV`andrew
12-28-05, 01:34 PM
i boguht this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827131407 lol havent tried it yet cuz im still building, but it has good reviews and ratings. 16x speed. sort of goes with my silver antec p-160wf

I thought you are supposed ot get a free copy of nero with amd dual cores on newegg. maybe that was the FX? i dunno

Riptide
12-28-05, 01:38 PM
I'm not sure that drive will burn blank DVDs. It looks like a CDRW/DVDROM combo drive.

bugmage
12-28-05, 06:39 PM
ive been using a nec 8x dvd burner for about 5 monthes now and my old drive was nec and its been great and for 40 bucks you cant go wrong

Medion
12-28-05, 06:54 PM
These are considered by many to be the two best comercially available DVD burners today. The BenQ is notorious for almost never making a coaster, while the NEC has higher read/write speeds for some of the media. Can't go wrong with either, IMO.

I listed the Retail version of the NEC drive as it comes with a cheapo copy of Nero. If you don't want the software, the OEM drive costs $2 less. The BenQ comes with the same program.

NEC ND03550A - $41.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152055)

BenQ DW1620 - 43.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827101632)

Hope this is of some help.

superklye
12-28-05, 07:37 PM
Word of advice, Avoid the NEC.
I had 3 of them and nothing but troubles reading DVD discs.
It burns so right but when it comes to reading CDs and DVDs it becomes a different drive.
Heh, on the contrary, I can't recommend the NEC 3500A, 3520A, or the 3540A highly enough. I've used these extensively and can safely say I've never had a better burner.

Rock solid and fast as hell.