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Old 12-15-2006, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats the price range?
Do I need one if im building a new comp?
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Old 12-15-2006, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes it is required to have an optical drive when building a new comp, because how else are you going to install an operating system. And the price range varies. Like $10-100+.
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you can install windows 3.1 with like 30 floppys and then you wouldnt need a CD DRIVE...going fancy with the big work optical lol. just thought i would add my smart @$$ comment. but yea you pretty much need one.
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How does it effect my computer, like if I get a cheap one will it be good enough.
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You can get a good DVD-+RW Drive for about $30.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151136

Or a CD Burner for about $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106997

Or just a CD drive for like nothing if you cannibalize an older computer.

If you really want to get fancy, you could get one of these


A simple CD drive would be all you need for installing an OS (or DVD drive, depending on what media the OS comes on.) There is really no point in getting a cheap, minimal drive because they are so cheap now. ($30 for a DVD burner)
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