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Optical drive, Blu-ray drive OR DVD-ROM Drive? Which do I need???

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Hi guys, I'm building a new computer for a friend.

I have built many, but don't really mess with optical/blu-ray/DVD drives that much.

Would a blu-ray drive, play blu-rays and ALSO dvd's and even CD's, let's say if I needed to install windows 7 etc...????

Please let me know.

*ALSO, from my research I see that some blu-ray drives need software to PLAY the blu-ray disc. Does this software usually come with the blu-ray drive??

How dificult/easy is it to simply buy the OEM blu-ray drive and download the blu-ray software/codec off the internet??

Please help me out guys, ordering this in 1hr-2hrs!

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I think you should go ahead and pick up a blu ray drive for it. They're only $50 and then figure it out from there. Blu-Ray drives are backwards compatible with DVD and CD.
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