Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

  1. #1
    Senior Moment blueball's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    2,414
    Thanks
    833
    Thanked
    379 times in 294 posts
    • blueball's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z270 - HD3P
      • CPU:
      • i7-7700K (4 x 4.2GHz plus HT)
      • Memory:
      • Team Group Vulcan T-Force 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 PC4-19200C14 2400MHz
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe PCIE M.2 plus Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX850 850 W Full Modular 80 Plus Platinum
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 330R Ultra Silent Midi Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Ultimate x64 (using wufuc to allow Win7 to run on this CPU)
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ GW2765HT LED IPS 27 inch 2560x1440
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media 380Mb

    Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    As per title, my internal DVD drive is playing up and I need to replace it. Was wondering about getting a BD player (or writer) - what are peoples thoughts and if you think I should what would you recommend and why?

    Thanks folks.
    Rgds,

    BB
    Hexus Trust here and here

  2. #2
    radix lecti dave87's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    12,806
    Thanks
    657
    Thanked
    931 times in 634 posts
    • dave87's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus
      • CPU:
      • i5 3470k under Corsair H80 WC
      • Memory:
      • 8gb DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 240gb SSD + 120gb SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus HD7950
      • PSU:
      • XFX 600w Modular
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC-A05FNB + Acoustipack
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2x Dell S2309W (1920x1080)
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity Option 2

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    I bought one when I was building my HTPC. For the negligible difference in price, I thought it was worth doing.

    That said, I don't think I've even put a BluRay in the thing yet - quicker to use the PS3 that is beside it.

    Mine was this one from Scan - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/samsu...yer-retail-box

  3. Received thanks from:

    blueball (21-12-2011)

  4. #3
    DILLIGAF GoNz0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Derby
    Posts
    10,864
    Thanks
    632
    Thanked
    1,190 times in 943 posts
    • GoNz0's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Rampage V Extreme
      • CPU:
      • i7 something X99 based
      • Memory:
      • 16gb GSkill
      • Storage:
      • 4 SSD's + WD Red
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX980 Strix WC
      • PSU:
      • Enermax Galaxy 1250 (9 years and counting)
      • Case:
      • Corsair 900D
      • Operating System:
      • win10 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 24"
      • Internet:
      • 220mb Cable

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    had a bd writer in the htpc for 2 years... never used it :|

    Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack
    off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

  5. Received thanks from:

    blueball (21-12-2011)

  6. #4
    Headless Chicken Terbinator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    7,323
    Thanks
    1,096
    Thanked
    672 times in 550 posts
    • Terbinator's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock H61M
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon 1230-V3
      • Memory:
      • Geil Evo Corsa 2133/8GB
      • Storage:
      • M4 128GB, 2TB WD Red
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Gigabyte GTX Titan
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX760i
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster 130
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 8.1 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell Ultrasharp U2711H
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media 60Mb.

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    Its probably worth going the BD-ROM(with DVD-RW capabilities) route if you don't already have a means of BD and are interested in it - the price isn't much more i don't think.
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

  7. Received thanks from:

    blueball (21-12-2011)

  8. #5
    Not a good person scaryjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    15,029
    Thanks
    1,193
    Thanked
    2,242 times in 1,844 posts
    • scaryjim's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Dell Inspiron
      • CPU:
      • Core i5 8250U
      • Memory:
      • 1x 8GB DDR4 2400
      • Storage:
      • 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon R5 230
      • PSU:
      • Battery/Dell brick
      • Case:
      • Dell Inspiron 5570
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 15" 1080p laptop panel

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    If you're replacing an optical drive anyway, it's worth considering. As far as I can see, however, the price differential between BluRay combo drives and BluRay writers means they aren't worth getting - if you're spending the extra you may as well get a BluRay writer.

    The real question then becomes is it worth £50 extra to have the capability of reading / writing blurays on the off chance that you might want to. And since that's a personal value question, I think you're the only one who can answer it...

  9. Received thanks from:

    blueball (21-12-2011)

  10. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,208
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    38 times in 36 posts

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    Yes, but only BD-Rom as trebinator advised.
    Deo Adjuvante non Timendum

  11. Received thanks from:

    blueball (21-12-2011)

  12. #7
    Not a good person scaryjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    15,029
    Thanks
    1,193
    Thanked
    2,242 times in 1,844 posts
    • scaryjim's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Dell Inspiron
      • CPU:
      • Core i5 8250U
      • Memory:
      • 1x 8GB DDR4 2400
      • Storage:
      • 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon R5 230
      • PSU:
      • Battery/Dell brick
      • Case:
      • Dell Inspiron 5570
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 15" 1080p laptop panel

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    Quote Originally Posted by vicar View Post
    Yes, but only BD-Rom as trebinator advised.
    Unless you've found some much cheaper BD-ROM/DVD-RW combo drives that I have, I don't see the point. You can get a BD writer for ~ £60, and I can't find a BD reader (let alone a combo drive) for less than £40. I'd rather pay the relatively small extra outlay to have the capability to write to BD at that point...

    Have to say, this makes me very reminiscent of my old PC building days when the default was to put separate DVD-ROM and CD-RW drives in every machine I built

  13. #8
    Admin (Ret'd)
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    18,481
    Thanks
    1,016
    Thanked
    3,208 times in 2,281 posts

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    I agree with Scary .... more or less.

    On the basis that DVD writers are, what, £15-ish, and BD writers nearly £70, the question is, will you write BDs?

    For me, the answer to that is yes, because the capacity is useful for data storage.

    As for playing BD discs (as in movies) that interests me not at all, so I wouldn't, personally, pay £5 extra for that, let alone the increase from £15-ish to £40, much less £65-70.

    So, for me, the answer is that it'd be either a cheap DVD drive or a BD writer, depending on which machine it was for.

    But the real answer is in the "personally" bit. It depends what you will use it for now, or in the next year or two. There's no point paying £40 for what you can get for £15 if you'll never use the BD functions. So .... will you?

  14. Received thanks from:

    blueball (21-12-2011)

  15. #9
    Senior Moment blueball's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    2,414
    Thanks
    833
    Thanked
    379 times in 294 posts
    • blueball's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z270 - HD3P
      • CPU:
      • i7-7700K (4 x 4.2GHz plus HT)
      • Memory:
      • Team Group Vulcan T-Force 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 PC4-19200C14 2400MHz
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe PCIE M.2 plus Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX850 850 W Full Modular 80 Plus Platinum
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 330R Ultra Silent Midi Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Ultimate x64 (using wufuc to allow Win7 to run on this CPU)
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ GW2765HT LED IPS 27 inch 2560x1440
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media 380Mb

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    So .... will you?
    Not a clue
    Rgds,

    BB
    Hexus Trust here and here

  16. #10
    Headless Chicken Terbinator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    7,323
    Thanks
    1,096
    Thanked
    672 times in 550 posts
    • Terbinator's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock H61M
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon 1230-V3
      • Memory:
      • Geil Evo Corsa 2133/8GB
      • Storage:
      • M4 128GB, 2TB WD Red
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Gigabyte GTX Titan
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX760i
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster 130
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 8.1 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell Ultrasharp U2711H
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media 60Mb.

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    Didn't realise the combo ones were that much more than normal BD-ROM drives.

    If you're still interested in the BD route however, someone on here must have a DVD drive for sale surely? Maybe give the Wanted section a look?
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

  17. Received thanks from:

    blueball (21-12-2011)

  18. #11
    Senior Moment blueball's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    2,414
    Thanks
    833
    Thanked
    379 times in 294 posts
    • blueball's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z270 - HD3P
      • CPU:
      • i7-7700K (4 x 4.2GHz plus HT)
      • Memory:
      • Team Group Vulcan T-Force 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 PC4-19200C14 2400MHz
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe PCIE M.2 plus Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX850 850 W Full Modular 80 Plus Platinum
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 330R Ultra Silent Midi Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Ultimate x64 (using wufuc to allow Win7 to run on this CPU)
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ GW2765HT LED IPS 27 inch 2560x1440
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media 380Mb

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    Think I might just go for a BD player. Cannot see me writing to one TBH. Appreciate all the imput guys. Cheers

    Merry Chrimbo to you all.
    Rgds,

    BB
    Hexus Trust here and here

  19. #12
    Admin (Ret'd)
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    18,481
    Thanks
    1,016
    Thanked
    3,208 times in 2,281 posts

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    Quote Originally Posted by blueball View Post
    Not a clue
    Ah. Bit of a problem, there.

    Okay, how this :-

    Option 1) Buy a BD player.

    Options 2) Buy a DVD player.


    If you go for 2), you pay £15, and if you're wrong and need to write BDs, you'll buy a writer, and have paid £15 for a second drive in the machine that can always act as a backup, or to assist in disc copying.

    So worst case, you pay an extra £15 for that capability. Best case, though, you've saved £50 by not buying a BD writer you didn't need or use.


    Now for 1). Best case, you use BDs but haven't spend the extra £15, but also, don't have a backup drive. Worst case, you wasted £50 you could have spend on something else.


    So .... how important is that wasted £50? If it's trivial, then it doesn't matter. If it's not, why waste it?

    Same argument applies to a BD reader, but not so much, unless you want to watch BD movies on your PC. I discount that one personally, as I wouldn't do that if you paid me. (*)




    (*) Well, paid any realistic amount, anyway. If you paid enough to make Bill Gates wince, I might.

  20. #13
    Senior Moment blueball's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    2,414
    Thanks
    833
    Thanked
    379 times in 294 posts
    • blueball's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z270 - HD3P
      • CPU:
      • i7-7700K (4 x 4.2GHz plus HT)
      • Memory:
      • Team Group Vulcan T-Force 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 PC4-19200C14 2400MHz
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe PCIE M.2 plus Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX850 850 W Full Modular 80 Plus Platinum
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 330R Ultra Silent Midi Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Ultimate x64 (using wufuc to allow Win7 to run on this CPU)
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ GW2765HT LED IPS 27 inch 2560x1440
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media 380Mb

    Re: Need to replace Internal DVD Drive. Should I go BD

    Got a LiteOn BD player (daughters friends are always bringing round films to watch and as we dont have a BD player hooked up to the TV I thought it would solve a problem). Appreciate all the input guys.
    Rgds,

    BB
    Hexus Trust here and here

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •