Summary: Not much more to say. It is "almost" time to give up on optical media but if your building a new PC I still think you should strongly consider adding an optical drive to it. If you want a smaller build, I won't say your wrong but then you should get an external optical drive and that means you have to sick it somehwere or put up with clutter on your desk.
Summary: So far so good. I used this in a rebuild of a bookshelf system (eMachines EL1300G-02w). Booted right up and loaded Windows 7 with no issues. I don't do a lot of burning so I can't comment on that aspect. I don't see me doing a ton of burning with this bookshelf system as it will be out in the workshop for easy internet access instead of tracking dirt in the house.