Lite-on generally makes good drives. I have an ASUS drive, that I have used for a few years now. Mainly I would just stick to a brand name, also might look at DVD-R drives, especially single layer, there isn't that much of a price jump between a DVD-ROM, and a DVD-Burner, now. May be worth a little extra to have the burning capabilites. Even if you aren't going to copy DVDs or anything, they are handy for make large file backups and such.