[quotemsg=20429806,0,1696453]You are NOT the only one.
There are three others too.
Everybody else either has external USB drives or uses flash media now. Or even bluetooth to get data from phone, tablet, etc. to PC. That or they just stream everything. Personally, I use an external drive. The only people using internal optical drives anymore are those that are still on older machines, those who are not terrible technically inclined (Which doesn't include the majority of young people who are the main market now) or those who have simply not cared enough to upgrade a case at this point. Also, those using machines for business related functions, as many legal and professional entities still only make data available to the request of other by way of optical disk. So there is still a need for it out there, it just really isn't part of the enthusiast market anymore.[/quotemsg]
I don't think that's true... External USB drives are expensive, slow, and in my expierence don't last as long. Not to mention motherboards don't have as many USB ports on them as they used to. My lastest build has a fairly nice motherboard (GA-270X Gaming 7) and I still don't have enough USB ports. I have a powered USB 3.0 hub plugged in for a web cam and other unimportant accessories. I've yet to find a powered hub that is reliable enough for consistent data transfer that I would trust for something like CD/DVD burning. I think the fact that several have spoken up here saying they need an optical drive speaks for itself. All five machines in my house have one. Perhaps I'm in the minority, but my 7700k / 1070 rig has one, and I believe that would count as an "enthusiat" machine.
Lets not forget other reason to have that 5.25 bay. As even if you don't want an optical drive, I commonly see people on the forums looking for a case with one because they want the bay for a fan controller, or a card reader, removeable drive bay, etc.
It's not that ugly to have a block off plate.