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do i need a Blu-ray drive or burner? or should i just get a DVD drive/burner

BTW should i get the drive or the burner? and which one do u recommend?

sorry if there is alot of questions and if this is the wrong section i'm kinda new here
Edited by Envadzer - 7/13/11 at 2:08am
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I think it's pretty common to have a blu ray drive/burner these days, as you have the option to burn DVD 5,9 & blu rays 25-50GB, but of corse the blu ray disc's are more expensive to buy.

Just buy a average DVD drive/burner if you dont plan on burning blu rays, or buy the blu ray if you plan on burning blu rays in the future.

As for brands i'd say go for a decent brand name like Pioneer,ASUS.ext
Edited by KEX - 7/13/11 at 2:40am
post #3 of 11
Not quite sure how we can know if you need a BluRay burner or not. Only you can know if you need it surely?

If you want BluRay burning, buy a BluRay burner.

If you want BluRay playback, buy a BluRay reader.

If you don't need BluRay at all, buy a DVD writer (might as well get a writer, since DVD readers are the same price anyway).

Simples.
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alright i have found those two that seem to be a good burners one is blu-ray nad the other is DVD/CD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136226

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204
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Well they're both decent enough - but still only you can decide if the extra $50 cost will be useful or a waste of money...
post #6 of 11
Unless you are watching/ripping from blu-ray discs, I see no need for one. As it is, optical discs are on their way out for many and sit there for the rare chance they are used (at least mine is that way).

I don't see games switching to them yet, so until they do, there's no need for one for gaming (and as it is, many of us skip disc based games anyway for most of our games with Steam and the like).

For storage, the cost per GB for storage is better on HDDs, so you can skip on it for storage/backup reasons too.

So, unless, as said, you watch/rip media from blu-ray discs on your PC, just pass. Don't get it "just because" when it'll sit unused most of the time. As it is, my DVD+RW drive sits unused almost all of the time. It actually serves as a place to hold my unused PSU cables above more than actually being used (installing the OS might be the exception).
post #7 of 11
OK, It cost more $ but at least the LG Bluray will give you the best of both worlds.
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i can't decide which one i get

do u guys have a blu-ray or dvd burner?
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In many systems I don't have either - because I just don't use them.

If you already have another drive to install your OS from (even a USB flash drive) then there may be no point in buying an optical drive at all.
post #10 of 11
If you don't think you'll use a blu ray drive, then its pointless to buy one honestly. Only YOU can decide that one.

My personally, I've just got a DVDRW drive, and I only EVER use it to install Windows and motherboard drivers. That's it.

I would avoid the Asus DVDRW personally. I've got one, and its one of the noisier components in my machine (more so than my Delta fans even). I'd jump on a Samsung DVDRW instead. They've been the quietest for me, and they've been the most reliable on reading media.
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