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Why do almost all pre-builts have optical drives?

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User Info: HeliosMagi

7 months ago#1
Especially pre-built Gaming PCs. Don't they realize that PC gamers haven't used optical media in over a decade? Do they put them in just to drive up the price?
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User Info: Interfusor

7 months ago#2
HeliosMagi posted...
PC gamers haven't used optical media in over a decade

I use it for movie and tv-series DVDs and have done for a long time.
I am not economically viable.

User Info: wantfastcars

7 months ago#3
Some whack-jobs, myself included, still buy CDs on occasion as well, and it's nice to be able to rip them without needing to go buy (or go find and plug in) an external drive. Especially since the cost they add is so minimal, even to prebuilts.
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User Info: maybecalls

7 months ago#4
I use mine for installing/running old games on disc, ripping CDs, and watching DVDs. They only cost £12, anyway.

User Info: ArkonBlade

7 months ago#5
I have one for mine. I use it for DVD movies and some TV series I have. I also keep my back up of windows on there. I just feel safer having it on DVD then a Thumb drive.
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User Info: Orestes417

7 months ago#6
Dirt cheap value add and frankly, no one gives a f*** about what PC gamers do or don't do in the prebuilt market.
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User Info: Digital Storm

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7 months ago#7
As stated, if you're a "pc gamer", you're not buying from the prebuilt spectrum.

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User Info: RandPC

7 months ago#8
The price to large OEM's buying in volume is down around $3-5 now, so it's a very cheap value add-in. If the user doesn't need it they probably won't care one way or another if it's there, if they do need/want it then not having one could steer them to not buy from you at all.
For something so cheap you may as well toss it in to ensure you can appeal the the small niche that may still be using one, or simply want one as a precaution against future need.

User Info: Cards_and_Hats

7 months ago#9
I have heard a ton of pre-built pc sales go to classrooms or offices, these places are the type to still use a CD for whatever they are doing

Plus optical drives are so cheap it is better to have one than to lose a sale from a guy looking for a drive (if they are buying pre-built they probably dont have the knowledge to put one in)

User Info: Jair

7 months ago#10
Yeah, it's a combination of being a fairly cheap add on and, well, it's a pre-built. I don't really expect the peak of gaming efficiency from such vendors.

Heck, I still have one in my custom, although it's admittedly disconnected in favor of another SSD. I think it still has my Planescape: Torment CD in it. Anyway, I do have a lot of archival CD and DVD stuff, so I'm sure it'll come in handy at some point.
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