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2012 Build Your Own PC Components: DVD & Blu-Ray


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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 7:44
  • Media: Video/mp4
  • Use: Watch Online & Download
  • Access Period: 360 Days
  • Download: MP4 (iPod compatible)
  • Size: 22 MB
  • Posted: 03/02/2009

This lesson is part of the following series:

2012 Build Your Own PC: Components, Install, Setup (27 lessons, $29.70)
2012 Build Your Own PC: Internal Components (10 lessons, $13.86)

In this lesson, we'll cover both CD, DVD and Blu-ray drives, both readers and recordable drives, what features and specs to look for when shopping, and how much you can expect to pay when building your own pc. Whether your are building your first gaming PC yourself, a budget computer, or just interested in learning what goes into a computer these lessons will help you get there.

CD and DVD drives are the primary way to install operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista, programs and games onto a computer. They allow large amounts of data to be stored on a portable disk and read back in any computer. A Blu-ray drive is also an option.

This lesson is part of a comprehensive series of lessons created by Home PC Builder that will guide you through the process of building your computer (from the selection internal and external components through installation and setup).

You can purchase all 27 lessons in the course and save 46%.

For a DVD of this full series, please refer to

The other lessons in this Internal Component series are:
Pt 1/10: Hard Drives -
Pt 2/10: DVD/Blu-Ray - This Lesson
Pt 3/10: Memory/RAM -
Pt 4/10: Video Card -
Pt 5/10: Sound Card -
Pt 6/10: Modem, Ethernet, Wireless -
Pt 7/10: Processor/CPU -
Pt 8/10: Motherboard -
Pt 9/10: Case & PSU -
Pt 10/10: Cooling -

You can buy all 10 internal component lessons as a series and save 30%

This DVD and Blu-ray drive component lesson covers

Disc Capacity:
How much data a CD, DVD or Blu-ray drive can hold

Read Speed:
Read speeds in KB and MB per second of each disc type
Read multiples, each disc type can be read back at increased speeds depending on the drives abilities
What read speed multiples to look for when you buy

Creating, CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs:
Covers available recording speeds
Recommendations for recording speeds
Re-recording drives and discs are covered

DVD Standards
The two completing DVD standards are discussed and explained

Both SATA and IDE drive interfaces to the motherboard are covered

The Costs of drives and blank discs:
Each type of drive and discs are covered

The video ends with a summary of features and specifications to look for when buying.

In the installation lessons we’ll go over how to install your DVD or Blu-ray drive into the case (

The supplemental file below contains the complete written information from the video and is available to download after you buy.

Supplementary Files

  • Once you purchase this lesson you will have access to these files:
  • 09_dvd_blu-ray_comp.rtf 09_dvd_blu-ray_comp.rtf

About this Author

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper
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Hello everyone my name is Michael Cooper & I have been in the computer industry for over 15 years. For the past 8 years I have been making instructional videos showing the average computer user how to build their own computer. I am A+ Certified and a member of the Better Business Bureau.


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