"Even if the DVD drive isn't faster, is there that much difference between 40x and 52x" Not realy in the long run. Drives only run at full speed for short periods of time and it depends on what is happening in the PC at the time. If you play a lot of music CD's maybe keeping the CD-rom for that use. John
My PC clone currently has a Plextor PX-708A DVD-rewritable with a reported 40x cd-rom capability, and a Samsung SC-152L CD which is allegedly 52X. I kept both, because I figured that the 52x would install software faster. Someone recently told me that the Samsung isn't really necessary, and that the DVD drive will actually install software faster. Can that be true? Even if the DVD drive isn't faster, is there that much difference between 40x and 52x? I appreciate any comments on this issue.