Buying new DVD-rw

  DJfree33 13:27 01 Aug 2009

Hi All,

Have built and upgraded most of my PC now, see my spec below.
The only components I have not upgraded are my disk drives, at the moment I have two drivers one a DVD-ROM and the other is a DVD-rw, these are now about 10 yrs old so I guess they are in need of upgrading.
I have searched the internet for options but have no idea what the best option is, I am in to gaming, watch the odd film and listen to music and burn a few Cd's. Was also thinking of changing RAM to something beter too.
Any help would be great.
Many thanks Dave

PC Specs:
OS Vista 32bit,
Abit IP35 Pro XE,
Quad CPU Q6600,
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4870 1GB,
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA-II
Crucial Ballistix 4GB(4x1GB)DDR2 PC2-8500C5 1066MHz

  chub_tor 15:23 01 Aug 2009

With 32bit Vista there is no point in changing your memory as it won't use more than about 3.5Gb and yes you could get faster memory but I doubt if you would notice the difference.

If your optical drives are 10 years old they are unlikely to be SATA so I would change to that technology. You could consider Blu-Ray if you want the next step up but writing is still a bit expensive. Regular SATA DVD writers are dirt cheap nowadays, I would look through reviews of the types that interest you and plump for the one that is considered the most reliable.

  GaT7 16:24 01 Aug 2009

I'm with chub_tor regarding the RAM.

Assuming you have a black-fronted case, I'd suggest one of these SATA ones ranging from £15-18 delivered:

click here, click here, click here, click here, click here & click here. G

  DJfree33 16:25 01 Aug 2009

Cheers chub_tor, yes they are connected with IDE cables, my board supports sata.
Are there any makes beter than others or are they all much as much.


  DJfree33 16:34 01 Aug 2009

Thanks crossbow7, How about this here

  GaT7 17:22 01 Aug 2009

Yes, that fine, but cheaper at eBuyer click here at under £24 with the cheapest delivery option. OcUK is showing as £3 extra delivered. G

  GaT7 17:39 01 Aug 2009

Or, if you'd like to follow chub_tor's suggestion & get a Blu-Ray reader/DVD-rw writer click here = £70 (choose free delivery at checkout). Note that this will do everything except write to Blu-Rays.

Or, a BD-RW even, which costs about £130+ click here, so still quite expensive. G

  Stuartli 21:50 01 Aug 2009

The meagre profit on a DVD-RW optical drive these days (retail cost is about £15 to £20 for top brand models) means that the majority are re-badged models from specialist manufacturers.

My own Sony AW-G170A DVD-RW, for instance, is also available as an NEC version following a tie-up between the two companies two or three years ago.

  Strawballs 18:51 03 Aug 2009
  DJfree33 20:10 03 Aug 2009

Thanks Strawballs

  Stuartli 00:20 04 Aug 2009

Proves my point about prices.

When I bought my first CD-RW drive (a TDK re-badged Plextor model) in 2001, it cost £189.....:-)

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