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    X-BOX 360, which model?

    Hi guys

    Just a piece of advice really. I am looking into purchasing an X Box 360 but am unsure which one to get. By the looks of things it is pretty much just the size of hard drive that differs (putting 'bundles' aside). Now I understand that the ideal would be to buy the one with the largest drive but I dont want to if it really isnt necessary. If it helps, I dont plan to store pictures, music or any other misc files on the machine. I would have presumed it was just for game saves and therefore small drives would be ample? Perhaps someone in the know could clarify the situation for me?

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    I install all my games onto the Hard Drive - which is advisable as it cuts down on noise and loading times etc. I have the Elite version which is great. [ And I have only just started getting back into games and stuff again after 5 a year break !! ]

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    I would get one of the new slim models (black shiny case) as these should be more reliable than the first design. They also have a dedicated Kinect port which will allow you to add a Kinect camera without the need to purchase a separate power supply.

    Older models might by a cheaper buy but there have been well publicised reliability issues - Red Ring of Death. If buying second hand make sure you get the seller to confirm that the console can connect to Xbox Live. Some people modded their consoles to play pirated games and as a result were banned from Xbox Live.

    Hard Drives are used for games saves, updates ( a typical bug fix update is about 4mb) and also Download content which adds additional features to an already released game.

    I have a 120gb Hard drive on my Xbox and it is getting pretty full
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    Get the new kinect ready models...they seem pretty reliable, just do not activate the warranty until you get a red ring or such like!

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    think i might upgrade mine at somepoint then

    need a bigger HD soon.

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    Hi get the new slimline ones i have one and there far better than the older versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    They also have a dedicated Kinect port which will allow you to add a Kinect camera without the need to purchase a separate power supply.
    Just a FYI the extra power cable is included in the box and you dont have to buy it.

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    Hey
    I have a 120gb harddrive only about 30gb used I think, I just backup my games on there, loads quicker. just means i can play games online 5 seconds quicker

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    So the option is there to install games to the hard drive and therefore presumably the disc isnt needed (or it just simply has to be inserted to check you own the original game)? Using this logic I guess that a basic 4 Gb machine is going to be pretty limiting? So for example once your collection of games hits even half a dozen then installs aren't going to be an option I presume?

    I will def buy new and at moment not too concerned about Kinect. It looks like a slimline elite 250 Gb is probably the way forward then?

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    250GB slimline is the way forward

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    Indeed, once the game is installed the disk just needs to be drive to check. [ I found this out only a few months ago !! ]
    I have a small 120 GB hard drive which is about 3/4s full - thing is I just tend to play Black Ops now so the other games I'll un-install at some point and then wait to get some new ones after Xmas.

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    I currently have a 20gb Premium that's over 2 years old and hasn't RROD'd yet! *Touch wood, star jump etc..* But WHEN it breaks (I'm hoping it does so I have an excuse) I will be getting a 250gb slimline. Saw one on show and it is quiet, it's also a lot smaller than I thought, AND has built in WiFi if ethernet is not available.

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    A lot of posters are talking about this ring of death, are these consoles not very reliable? I have owned numerous in the past and in fact still have many of them (SNES, Wii, PS1 PS2 etc) and to be fair I have never really hammered them but I have never had any of them malfunction. Is build quality deteriorating? Have I been lucky?

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    For the original models, the failure rate was researched to be anything from 42% upwards. Some have put it at a 54% failure rate.

    Older consoles failed less, as they were less complicated and produced a lot less heat etc...

    The newer models are a lot better though, as Microsoft solved many of the issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    I reckon it depends on the previous owner. Some people have them on for hours at a time.
    Does that mean that the internal cooling can't really cope with the console being run for that long?

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