PC Case Selection as it relates to internal optical drives

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by DQ, Feb 3, 2021.

  1. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    So I assume that most folks here use an internal optical drive. I know I do. I have always figured that a true external drive is just a no-no. Sure you can take an internal drive and make it external but that seems fraught with possible issues as well.

    But every PC build I do (which happens every 2-4 years) I notice fewer and fewer decent cases with an optical drive slot. In fact now there seems to be only a handful of what I would call a good case available with a drive slot.

    I was just curious what other people might thing of this dilemma and if you face it as well. Or am I wrong and everyone is using external optical drives?
  2. xCharvelx416

    xCharvelx416 Well-Known Member

    Wow.. a whole month and no answer to your question.

    My last few cases I bought have no options for optical drives, so yeah.. I'd need an external one.

    There is no physical difference between the two, just their interface to the system. SATA or USB.

    No dilemma.. just go with a trusted company to buy your drive(s).
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  3. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    Thanks much for the reply, it is appreciated.

    It's ironic you would answer now, I actually just got the stuff in and finished the build yesterday.

    I found ultimately there are still a handful or 2 of really good cases with 5.25 bays. The only thing about that is they tend to be full towers and on the pricey side. But I snagged one anyway. I bought a Corsair Obsidian 750 Airflow.

    It's an awesome case in the event anyone is interested. It's just big as hell but that does make for easy building so.

    Anyway, thanks again.
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  4. xCharvelx416

    xCharvelx416 Well-Known Member

    Missed my date with fate by a couple days eh?

    I rarely.. rarely answer posts here unless I'm drawn here by an issue I'm having with the software, and I don't usually do.

    I just got me a Thermaltake View 71... the bloody thing is a beast.

    It's one thing to look at it in awe, when you see the glass sides and drive bay options (minus the optical of course).. but when you read the fine print, she's a solid steel case and the 5mm glass sides combined to create a case that's 35 lbs when it's empty. About 50 fully loaded.

    Enjoy your new toys! :)
  5. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    I finished my build out yesterday. It came out really good. The case is a monster. If was funny but as I added things to the case and did all the cabling I found myself having to work around the case. There was not much moving the case around that is, I simply had to move myself around it :p
  6. RedFox 1

    RedFox 1 Super Moderator

    How about a picture, with Internals and Parts picker.
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  7. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    Absolutely LOL !

    Internals for reference:
    (some stuff was pulled over from previous box)

    CPU - AMD 5800X
    CPU Cooler - Corsair H115i
    RAM - 32GB Corsair Vengeance
    Drive 1 - Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    Drive 2 - Samsung 970 EVO 500GB (from previous build)
    Drive 3 - WD SATA Mechanical 4TB (from previous build)
    PSU - Corsair RM850x
    Optical Drive - ASUS BW-16D1HT
    Sound Card - Sound Blaster AE-5 (from previous build)
    GPU - AMD 5700 XT (from previous build)
    Case - Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Edition
    Motherboard - ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PRO (WiFi 6)

    The build came out very well. The CPU was VERY hard to get and I waited months to find it and yes I slightly overpaid for it.
    I actually wanted a 5900x but there were none to be had and I had the opportunity to get the 5800x at the time.
    It was also a fun build but the case was WAY bigger than I realized and while it had PLENTY of room in it I
    had to basically move around it LOL.

    Anyways, it was fun (I LOVE building a new PC from scratch) and here are some pics for anyone interested.

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  8. RedFox 1

    RedFox 1 Super Moderator

    Looks very professional. I like it.
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  9. RedFox 1

    RedFox 1 Super Moderator

    I respect your opinion View attachment 55637 View attachment 55638 View attachment 55639
    Case: Lian Li 011 Dynamic XL ROG Certified
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900x
    Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero x570
    RAM: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 3600 CL16 64gb
    SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD
    AIO: NZXT Kraken Z73
    GPU: ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3090
    PSU: EVGA Supernova 1200 P2
    Fans: Lian Li UNI fan SL120x10
    OS: Windows 10 Pro

    Just click on the attachments if you are interested in mine. There is a sad story that goes with PC, so it makes me sad to see her.:cry:
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