Finally made the plunge. I got a Liteon SOHW812S nice little drive. took about 15 mins to burn 4.5gigs of data. Its very quiet and now it only takes me about 30mins to burn a hr tape from my camcorder and the quality is 100x better than SVCD.
I did find a bios flash that will allow it to read at 32x instead of the 12 but I think I'll wait for fastgame since hes a cdfreak member.