For the first PC i'm building how would i get windows 8 or10. would i need and optical drive or what
State Windows operating system in question and/or post a link to Windows version that you are considering.
e.g. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, OEM or full retail.
windows 7 or 10
State OEM or full retail.
OEM versions are only packaged as a DVD disc for Windows 7/8/8.1/10
If you have access to another working Windows system and a spare USB flash drive, you can follow the tutorials available in the internet on how to create a bootable Windows 7 or Windows 10 USB flash drive using the OEM disc.
Windows 7 also has option to boot directly off a prepared SSD/HDD.
No idea if a bootable SSD/HDD option is available or not for Windows 10 since I am not a regular Win10 user.
So which one would you recommend