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hapooh
04-30-08, 10:00 AM
Any of you buy refurbished 360's and rued the day you ever made that decision?

I am buying the 360 as a secondary gaming platform along side my PC. To me it's only worth $250 tops for amount of gaming I'm going to do on it, and you can easily pick up a refurbished one in this price range. New will run about $400.

Is it better to spend the extra $150 and get new or take a chance on refurbished?

Your experience and feedback would be appreicated.

HiCZoK4
04-30-08, 10:06 AM
I am in the same situation. Getting NEW 360 on Falcon in a moment

tornadog
04-30-08, 11:06 AM
I bought a refurbished one. It had a brand new serial # but was not a falcon. Probably one of those RROD consoles that were sent back and repaired!!! Works ok but is pretty loud trying to read disks, almost sounds like one of those old dot matrix printers...

ViN86
04-30-08, 11:54 AM
as long as it's still under warranty, either one is ok.

Tygerwoody
04-30-08, 12:38 PM
I wouldn't buy an Xbox360 period.... /shrug

hapooh
04-30-08, 01:45 PM
I wouldn't buy an Xbox360 period.... /shrug

Well, if YOU wouldn't buy one then don't bother replying

3DBrad
04-30-08, 01:55 PM
Make sure the used one isn't banned from Xbox Live. :p

Redshirt #24
04-30-08, 02:02 PM
Generally speaking, at least right now, I'd go for a new one unless you find an absolutely ridiculous deal on a used one.

npras42
04-30-08, 03:34 PM
If i was gonna buy another one I'd get it new, but I agree with Tygerwoody in that I wouldn't buy one until the next revision whenever that might be. I think that on a cost:quality ratio the 360 is the crappiest, cheapest electronic device I have ever personally bought.

crainger
04-30-08, 04:47 PM
Make sure the used one isn't banned from Xbox Live. :p

Refurbs usually come from MS themselves so wont be banned on Live. Buying a used one privately however, there is a chance of a banned box.

ClosetFanBoy
04-30-08, 05:23 PM
I bought a refurbed xbox for my son some years ago. That thing was nothing but problems. Never again. My buddy got his 360 off ebay, 2 years and running strong. I would really check into someones selling history for sure if buying used. Sometimes you can find killer bundles.

I went with a new 360 myself, falcon chipset. Didnt want any issues. Runs 24/7 doesnt spew out heat. ;)

crainger
04-30-08, 09:18 PM
Why do you run your 360 24/7? Surely you aren't THAT impatient you can't wait the 10seconds for it to boot...

ClosetFanBoy
04-30-08, 09:29 PM
lol no. I actually have it hooked up to Windows Media Center which is pretty damn nifty. Half the time I forget to shut it down. I guess I'm daring it to die on me. :p

crainger
05-01-08, 12:35 AM
You play a dangerous game my friend.

Lyme
05-01-08, 01:57 AM
lol no. I actually have it hooked up to Windows Media Center which is pretty damn nifty. Half the time I forget to shut it down. I guess I'm daring it to die on me. :p

There is merit in leaving most electronics on all the time, because you avoid the cold -> hot -> cold cycle. That being said, I turn my 360's off when I'm done with em.

note: yes, I own two. The main one (a pro) is for games and as a media center extender, the second (a arcade) is in the bedroom simply as a extender.

Bah!
05-01-08, 02:17 AM
With as many problems as a brand new 360 has, there is no way i'd buy refurbished.

Then again, if i had to do it all over again i probably wouldn't have bought one in the first place. The only reason i bought one was for GoW, Mass Effect, ect. and now i will have all of those on my PC as well.


Anyway, if you aren't going to be using it that much just get an Arcade version, they are only like $279 brand new.

Peoples-Agent
05-01-08, 07:30 AM
Do you get a legal 12 months warranty where you are?

If so, then i'd buy new without a doubt.

The things to be weary of is no longer RROD, but instead the DVD drive packing in.

It's only really an issue on the old Core units tbh.

Having good luck with a new falcon Elite system, hope it continues.

hapooh
05-01-08, 08:20 AM
Appreciate the feedback...I'll buy new to be safe.. however, is there anyway to look at the unit , like manufacture date to know if it's got the "Falcon" chipset?

Peoples-Agent
05-01-08, 08:30 AM
Appreciate the feedback...I'll buy new to be safe.. however, is there anyway to look at the unit , like manufacture date to know if it's got the "Falcon" chipset?

This pretty much explains it.

http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2008/02/05/how-to-spot-a-falcon-65nm-360-in-the-wild/

Lot number 0734 (on the Halo 3 SKU) or higher (on any SKU)

christos
05-01-08, 08:34 AM
As a general rule, I don't buy anything referbished if it has moving parts that are subject to wear and tear.