Best DVD burner <$60

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  1. fenwaysox57

    fenwaysox57 New Member

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    I need a DVD burner. I bought a 'LG Super Multi DVD Rewriter 18x' today, but I don't think my motherboard has a SATA.

    What other options are there?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    What model of computer do you have?
     
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    How do I find that out?

    It isn't a Dell or Gateway or Apple or anything, we had a place build it for us.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well how long have you had the computer?
     
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    fenwaysox57 New Member

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    about 2 years, maybe more.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Ok, then it's going to be ide drives like you guessed.

    You won't need to spend anywhere near $60 for a decent burner.

    Are you interested in a lightscribe unit? Those are the ones where you can burn
    a pattern on the dvd. Not very useful, but sort of cool.

    One of those would be around $38-$40 shipped.

    One without lightscribe would be just a few dollars less.
     
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    KoopaTroopa OT Supporter

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    I bought my Samsung Lightscribe DVD burner off newegg for $31 shipped.
    Do not buy an HP DVD burner, mine died after burning only 2 DVDs & I paid $110 for their lighscribe one; warranty expired before I could complain.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    NEC > LiteOn == Sony > Pioneer > *
     
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    Are there any available to buy in, say, Circuit City or Best Buy?

    I'd rather not buy online.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Sure, but they're going to charge more than newegg.

    For what it's worth, newegg has just about the best online computer-parts reputation out there.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'm a fan on NEC's too, but I heard recently that the 18X units aren't up to par with the 16X ones.
    And you can't fine the 16X ones anywhere.

    Newegg still shows the 3550, but it's out of stock.
     
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    I'd still rather stick to the stores.

    What are the best ones provided by Best Buy? Do I just check the box to see if it'll work? and that its IDE and not SATA?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, it will say on the box.

    As far as which ones, 16X dvd+r and 16X dvd-r as a minimum.

    Like Jolly said, NEC, then Lite-On, Sony.
    Samsung and LG are solid companies, so I would trust their burners as well.

    If you have a Microcenter anywhere near you, you can probably get a Samsung for under $40.
     
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    I have had several bad experiences with LG optical drives. Although I love their LCDs, I will not touch their DVD drives.
     
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    lightscribe isn't nearly as cool as they make it out to be.

    1) no colors
    2) takes longer to lightscribe it than it does to burn the dvd.
     
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    3) Lightscribe media is nearly double the price of regular media
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Did you even read the thread starters price range? wtf? :slap:

    :fawk:
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Man I looked for a Plextor anyway, just on the chance there would be one
    under $60, but there wasn't.

    I'm running a 716A on my build. I probably won't upgrade until they get a HD/BlueRay combo.
     
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    NEC is the best, hands down
     

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