Optical DriveBy Jason Cross | Print
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Build It: Last year's $800 gaming PC was a bargain, but had significant compromises. This year's model is an $800 hot-rod gaming rig that offers impressive performance. What a difference a year makes!
In order to come in around the $800 mark, we had to cut a few corners somewhere, and the optical drive is one place we targeted for trimming. The 16X Lite-On DVD drive we used is by no means a bad drive, and for around $30 it's a fantastic value. As more games start to be published in DVD-ROM format (and it's about time), it's a good idea to have a DVD drive in your PC. It's also a good idea to have a burner, and sadly, this is a read-only drive. If we had to recommend an upgrade to spend a bit more on this system, we would start with suggesting an optical drive that can at least burn CDs, if not DVDs. It's not strictly necessary for gaming, but it's useful for making backups and the like.
|Pros:||Cheap; relatively fast.|
|Cons:||No burning capability; a bit on the loud side.|
|Summary:||It’s a cheap optical drive with pretty good performance, but spending more for a CD or DVD burner is certainly worthwhile.|