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Which Xbox 360 model should I buy?

#1NATDude101Posted 10/23/2013 7:54:46 AM
Hello all,
I've never owned a 360. I had an original xbox a few months ago, but then the DVD lense quit working. I recently bought another xbox and the disc tray won't open (but it will read game discs). I've considered picking up a third xbox (currently I'm looking at a $35 bundle with some crappy games included or $40 halo edition console), but I've wanted a 360 for awhile.

I'm wondering which 360 model is best for me. I was wanting a black system that won't RRoD on me. I've been looking into the slim models, but I've heard that they aren't backwards compatible. I also want one that is around $100. Used or new, it doesn't matter. So long as the system meets my three requirements, I'm good to go.

Thanks!
#2brumxPosted 10/23/2013 8:07:38 AM
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#3Super CreaturesPosted 10/23/2013 8:11:07 AM
NATDude101 posted...
I've been looking into the slim models, but I've heard that they aren't backwards compatible


Only the 4GB model, and that is only because BC requires an actual, official, HDD be installed in the system, since the emulation software is found on a hidden partition on the HDD, and the 4GB internal storage device is a flash drive connected to the motherboard, not an HDD.
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#4SheepinatorPosted 10/23/2013 8:13:22 AM
If it's used, run that Android app XVal on the console serial number to verify if it's been flagged or banned by MS.

Chipsets Jasper and later (late 2008, or was it 2009?) which were still fat machines, have solved RROD.

You can have backwards compatibility so long as you have an official hard drive, either purchased with the console or added later.

Avoid the newer E model, especially if you want to use the TOS digital out which they removed.
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#5NATDude101(Topic Creator)Posted 10/23/2013 8:16:09 AM
Super Creatures posted...
NATDude101 posted...
I've been looking into the slim models, but I've heard that they aren't backwards compatible


Only the 4GB model, and that is only because BC requires an actual, official, HDD be installed in the system, since the emulation software is found on a hidden partition on the HDD, and the 4GB internal storage device is a flash drive connected to the motherboard, not an HDD.


That makes a lot of sense. Thanks!
#6brumxPosted 10/23/2013 8:17:03 AM
Its cause they took out the error code for RROD dust causes RROD you need to open it a few times. Slims will get them too in a few years.
#7Walkman_005Posted 10/23/2013 9:09:44 AM
I wouldn't risk it with the older models.

Do yourself a favor and get the slim.
#8NATDude101(Topic Creator)Posted 10/23/2013 9:15:11 AM
Bumping for more suggestions. I'm still wanting a 360, but outside of certain models, I have no clue on what to get.
#9beautifuldreamsPosted 10/23/2013 9:35:41 AM(edited)
get a slim 250gb (or the E if you don't mind not having optical audio out or component out)

amazon (and maybe bestbuy, some others) have them new for $250 (and they give you $50 credit)
Xbox 360 S 250GB Spring Value Bundle (batman arkam city, darksiders 2)
Xbox 360 E 250GB Holiday Value Bundle (halo 4, tomb raider)

you can get a used one without the games for $150 and save $50, but i wouldn't risk a used controller
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#10NATDude101(Topic Creator)Posted 10/23/2013 10:05:44 AM
beautifuldreams posted...
get a slim 250gb (or the E if you don't mind not having optical audio out or component out)

amazon (and maybe bestbuy, some others) have them new for $250 (and they give you $50 credit)
Xbox 360 S 250GB Spring Value Bundle (batman arkam city, darksiders 2)
Xbox 360 E 250GB Holiday Value Bundle (halo 4, tomb raider)

you can get a used one without the games for $150 and save $50, but i wouldn't risk a used controller


Thanks for the advice. This is the one I've been looking at recently so hearing good things about it helps with my decision.