Re: Which one...again
THese days, you really don't need 2 optical drives (technically). For convienence, two drives are nice (kind of like a CD changer, so to speak). In my opinion, as long as one of the drive is a DVD burner, the other one can be whatever you want. I'm pretty sure you'll be burning stuff as you go. If budget limits you, yeah, you can go with a standard CD ROM.
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