Do I need an Optical CD/DVD Drive for my Computer Build?

14th of March 2014 3

Do I need an Optical CD/DVD Drive for my Computer Build?

Question by VirusChris: Do I need an Optical CD/DVD Drive for my Computer Build?
I’m working on making my own Gaming Desktop PC and I’ve finally got all the parts I need to build it, but it looks like I’ve overlooked one more part I might really need. A CD/DVD Disk Drive… as I need to use the Driver Install Disk and my new Windows 7 CD to install my OS onto my computer and now I realize I might not be able use my computer after all.
RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black / Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MSI ZH77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I33225

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Though it seems like I have a small problem with my Computer Case as I don’t know where to place my Hard Drive, though I hope it doesn’t move around too much.

Anyway I don’t have any USB Flash Drives to use to install programs on a computer I’m building from the ground up. So what do you guys recommended? I really need a CD/DVD so I can install certain PC games and programs from CDs as well as I might want to watch DVDs on my computer.

Best answer:

Answer by MAHI
No you don’t.
Even if you need you can use a external Drive borrowed from some one

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3 great comment(s) for this post

  1. EnyxGITS 3:07 am 14/03 of 2014

    I used a DVD drive from another computer to install windows 7 then i never used it again.

    So this question is best answered by yourself. Do you already have a DVD drive handy? If not, one for 15$ does the trick.

  2. PTRP 3:11 am 14/03 of 2014

    Just buy one, they are not that expensive anyway:

    LITE-ON DVD Burner – Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 – OEM – $ 18

  3. CindyBradyTooh 4:08 am 14/03 of 2014

    Every now and then you need to install stuff on your computer, so I would sure recommend a DVD burner. You might also want to watch DVDs. What if your TV breaks? You could watch DVDs on your computer. What if you want to burn a DVD of data or videos or a movie in the future? You would need a DVD drive. Now is the time to install it! :D It might come in real handy in the future. They are not very expensive at all.

    I sure do like the specifications on your computer. I have the same hard drive, as well as the 1 terabyte one. Your video card is the one I would pick (note that the 2 MB version is only $ 10 more). I would sure up the processor to the i5 3570K, running at a base 3.4 MGz, though.

    I would change the power supply, also. For 90 bucks total, free shipping, you could get this 750 watt, single 12 volt rail, 80+, power supply. You should always have more power than you need.
    That will supply all the power you will need for years to come. It will be a good investment, so you don’t need another one soon.
    Ya see, Corsair power supplies have one big problem – the fan stays off until it’s needed, which is when the power supply gets hot, and then it comes on loud and strong, runs for awhile, then shuts off. And this goes on and on. It is best to have the fan running slow and quiet all the time. :) That on and off can be quite irritating…

    ~Cindy! :)


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