I've been doing a ton of research for 3 months(including receiving feedback on this board) and have decided on major parts of the system. However, there's only so much you can extract from official reviews of components from websites.
I think the best feedback actually comes from people who have owned and experienced issues with the components I plan to use ...
As a result, I am posting here - hoping for some feedback
The Sony 530 should be fine. I have a Sony 510A and it is the best burner I have ever used. I just bought a Sony cd/r/w from Mwave for 31 bucks for my sister-in-law. It runs like a clock too! I have all my files backed up on 2 DVD's. Anything Sony sounds good to me. Anything from Acer/Aopen/Benq/Biostar sounds like trouble to me. JMHO.