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Old 01-18-07, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default Should I buy an Xbox 360?

Hi, I've wanted to get an xbox 360 for a while and as some of the older games are going cheap now its a great time. The one thing stopping me is all the bad press I've read about the overheating/high failure rate. So I was hoping some of the more knowledgeable could answer some questions for me:

1:- The initial batch of 360's seemed to have a higher failure rate than the later ones, has Microsoft changed anything so far in the design to fix the problem?

2:- The room I will be using it in varies in temperature from around 25-35 degrees and I play a lot! Is this asking for trouble with the console overheating?

3:- If I do get a 360, is it worth getting one of the cooling systems available? And if so, which one do you recommend?

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Old 01-18-07, 02:55 AM   #2
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Default Re: Should I buy an Xbox 360?

I've said it many times before, it is a common misconception that most 360's die of overheating. Most of the time the 360 dies from hardware failure (represented by 3 red rings) where as overheating is only 2 red rings. Most of those failures were attributed to the bad memory that MS was provided from an outsourced german manufacturer. Some people say that the 360 is loud from fan noise because of how hot it runs, also not true, that is the high spinning disk drive that the 360 has.... the fans are very quiet themself. I've had 2 different coolers for my 360, and I recommend neither, they are pointless and useless.... don't get any.

I would suggest getting the warranty from MS, it's pretty cheap, imo, and the repair turn around time from MS is quite fast as well.
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Old 01-18-07, 03:10 AM   #3
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Default Re: Should I buy an Xbox 360?

You get a full one year warranty now from Microsoft which makes the decision to buy one easier I think.
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Old 01-18-07, 04:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: Should I buy an Xbox 360?

Thanks for the excellent advice.

I'm thinking at the moment of going for the core console + extra wireless controller + memory card + dead rising.

This works out cheaper than the premium bundle (don't want the hard drive or headset) and I get a game I want.
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Old 01-18-07, 05:32 AM   #5
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Default Re: Should I buy an Xbox 360?

No hard drive? It comes in very handy for demos and what not.
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Old 01-18-07, 05:53 AM   #6
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I think if you buy a x360 core then thats not a x360....
One of the best thing about the x360 is the xbox live and marketplace you pretty much need the HD for those
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Old 01-18-07, 06:27 AM   #7
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1:- The initial batch of 360's seemed to have a higher failure rate than the later ones, has Microsoft changed anything so far in the design to fix the problem?
As long as you buy one with the latest manufacturing date you can find, you should be fine. I've not heard about units with mid-late 2006 build dates failing.

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2:- The room I will be using it in varies in temperature from around 25-35 degrees and I play a lot! Is this asking for trouble with the console overheating?
As long as you keep the unit in an area with good air circulation, you should be fine.

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3:- If I do get a 360, is it worth getting one of the cooling systems available?
No. Those things cause more problems than they solve.

And to everyone else, if the guy doesn't want the hard drive, he doesn't want the hard drive.
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Old 01-18-07, 08:04 AM   #8
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Default Re: Should I buy an Xbox 360?

Get one mate they are awsome.

If it breaks take it back and renew you reciept. if you can get the hdd but its not essential if your not looking to download content. its worth it try out new demos and for downloadable content like maps and stuff and if you havnt got a map for GOW for example then you wont be able to play.

Also if you can it get a headset aswell. it makes a massive difference while playing and you can have a good laff with oters on live too.

Get a 360 mate you wont regret it!! oh and dead rising is an awsome game you'll love it!

Dont get the cooler! if you system breaks it might leave you thinking its the cooler that casued it. if your 360 is gonna break let it happen the normal way.

Live is awsome
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No hard drive equals no Xbox Live Marketplace. Do NOT buy the Core system. You will actually end up paying more in the long run. The Premium system already comes with one wireless gamepad, a headset and the 20GB HD. So if you factor that in you'll see that:
Core + Wireless GP + Memory Card = $380
Premium + 1 Wireless GP = $440

You are only saving $60 and at the end of the day you'll have less space to save game data, you can not download game demos and you'll miss out on movie previews. You also have to factor in that without an HD games won't be able to buffer data to speed up loading times. My advice is to get the Premium, hold off on buying the second controller and buy a used copy of Dead Rising.
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Old 01-18-07, 08:33 AM   #10
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Default Re: Should I buy an Xbox 360?

Thanks again for the advice.

At the moment, I am mostly looking at single player games or split screen co-op games so I won't get live straight away.

I realise that if in the end I do decide to get the HD then I will end up paying more. But for the moment, if I buy the premium bundle then I can't afford any games to go with it!

At least with the core, even if I decided not to get the extra controller I could afford 2 games. Then I could get dead rising and Gears of war
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Default Re: Should I buy an Xbox 360?

The core is a bad deal.

Premium
20GB HDD, component cables, 1 month live tryout, wireless controller

Core
none of the above, you don't get component cables, which means it'll look like ass

Plus there's bundles nowadays so you can get like PGR3 or Ghost Recon included in the premium price.
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