Was looking at all the OLD posts you jumped back into and realized I did buy a Sony 500a DVD burner back in the day right after all the posts about it. I think I paid 350 cash at fry's for it and only kept it a year or so and dumped it for like 50 bucks when the newer, faster, and cheaper Liteons and NEC 2500 burners came out.
I gave away all my Liteon 811 burners but still have that NEC 2500, it was such a awesome burner in it's day as far as quality, plus a free upgrade to DL burning.
My latest rig is a hex core AMD 1090t with 8 gig and win7 ultimate 64 with a old ATI 4870x2 video card that still does pretty good. I still have a bunch of burners in here but now I mainly capture all my video in HD from my 3 tuner HD HomeRun prime, edit the caps down, and watch them on my network to one of my media player boxes so no need to burn disks much anymore.
It is fun to see what we were excited about back in the day and I never thought I'd be using this box mainly as a really powerful media center with it networked in my house, which I bought about 7 months ago, didn't ever think that would happen either