I always use 'Nero' for burning these days as I think a lot of people do. Yes you can use your CD-R discs with your new burner. As for DVD media the choice is yours. Everyone has their favourite. I usually go for Datawrite discs either blank or branded from here click here but that's my choice. If you can get to a Computer Fair you can get blank DVDs much cheaper than the shops. Pay attention to the speed, I think 16X is the current highest.