questionswhat should i look for when buying a ps3?

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I'd get a larger HDD. Just as with a computer, you think what you have is fine until you start download things :-)

I haven't tracked the deals on these, since I have one, but I do see WalMart has a 320GB Uncharted 3 bundle for $299 ($20 more than their 160GB starter bundle). Uncharted 3 is a great game, so you'd want it anyways. You'll also want an extra wireless controller. I use a charger that charges 2 controllers at a time, which works very well.

The rest is just the types of games you'd be interested in, so that'd be subjective. I like the Uncharted series, Portal 2, and play a lot of Call of Duty. I don't have Skyrim (hoping for a good deal to pop up), but hear it's great.

Hope that helps.

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They are fixed consoles, it isn't like buying a computer. 160 will be fine if you are not going to be loading tons of media onto it, also see if you can either get one used or if you can find a place that has the holiday bundle from black friday because it had 2 games and the console for 200 if memory serves.

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Yeah, the 160 will suit you on space (you can always through an ext HD on if you want to get fancy later on...and download everything). Otherwise, I would look at what bonus games/controllers you can get with it.

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It is like buying a computer... since it technically is a computer... you need to be able to store on it what you want on it. It holds apps, photos, music, etc... Almost every game saves game data to the HDD. If you download games or download extra content for games (like map packs for CoD), they store on the HDD and can be a few GB each.. some 10-15GB. Want to store a few movies, that takes space. Download some demo games... space. Apps... space.

The extra few bucks on the available bundles you may spend on the HDD now will just mean you don't need to worry about it later. I still say get a larger HDD, even if you end up using only 160GB of the 320GB, it means you didn't have to waste money on an external drive.

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Good personality for one. I like the ones that hang back from the other PS3s for a while, but then they come forward and want to snuggle with you. They're usually the best behaved and easiest game consoles to train.

Seriously, I'd look at drive prices to see if you can buy a new drive for cheaper than the price difference between lower-capacity and higher-capacity consoles. Replacing the hard drive is supposed to be fairly simple: http://forum.blu-ray.com/blu-ray-games-playstation-3/112248-ps3-slim-hard-drive-upgrade.html

Unless you're downloading a ton of games or videos onto the console, a smaller capacity should be fine.

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@kmeltzer: No not really the only choices are what accessory bundle (if you want one), Hard drive space, and whether new or used. In regards to HDD space the person said a few games and sounds like overall light use, therefore getting the 320 GB drive is likely unnecessary.

On a computer you have much much more to consider, cpu, ram, gpu, HDD (solid state or not), ect.

Again I believe that the best option is looking for a used console because you can likely save some money that route and just get the one that is the best deal (craigslist, ebay, or a game store)

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Ah, not in the loop here. If I knew what you were talking about and had a clue for an answer, I would gladly provide one.

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The 160 will be fine. I have a 60 gig that I purchased about a year after launch and never had any major storage issues. Just had to make sure I deleted demos I had downloaded since I would either buy the game or not like the game and therefore not want a demo for it. Not every game installs and those that do usually require 4-5 gig of hard drive space. Do the math...you can have a lot of games on a 160 and never hit storage problems.

If you can still find the Holiday 160 gig for $200 with 2 games its a good deal. $50 off and 2 games that are enjoyable but are more family friendly. As far as any accessories you need a HDMI and a second controller if you want to play with a friend on the same tv (online of course you only need one). If you plan to watch a lot of blurays the remote is nice, but try the controller first since its cordless many just that instead of buying the remote.

Games..if you like shooters try the Uncharted demo's, all 3 are great and first 2 are now cheap.

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Thanks for the responses. One question though - is there ever a difference in RAM or processor? I've seen it listed on some product descriptions, so I didn't know if that should be a decision point or if the 3.2 ghz 256 mb was standard.

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@murph929: there are essentially 2 ps3 models the fat and the slim, both have the same system specs the slim is more energy efficient.

Consoles do not have upgradable parts (the last I can think of that did was the Nintendo 64 with its expansion pack)

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@murph929: The 160 model should be fine. I got an old 80 and have plenty of space. The best part of the PS3 is streaming media, not storing it on the system. But might as well go big as you can.

As for differences in the fat and slim, there are few differences.
Slim has better power consumption. The fat ones suck down the juice.

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@murph929: The original fat (20 and 60 gig) had a PS2 built into the console as well as a PS3. They then released the 80 gig which had software emulated PS2. There was also a 40 gig fat that did not have a PS2.

They then released the PS3 slim which is smaller and uses a more energy efficient CPU and GPU but removed all PS2 abilities on all versions. All PS3's (slim and fat) can play original PS1 games. The slims run cooler and the fans are much quieter.

As far as system specs, all units have a CPU at the same speed, same video card and the total ram in all units. As time has progressed Sony has shrunk the size of the CPU from 65nm to 45nm with a similar reduction in GPU processor size. However besides a reduction in system heat no other changes have been made. PS3 games and movies run the same, game load times are the same and features are the same. Unlike PC's consoles are built so systems purchased at any time will be able to play all games the same (except the N64).

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@raider9924: Emotion Engine chiped ps3s were awesome, but the 20 gb doesn't have wifi (right?)

@murph929: Here is a pretty decent deal if you are willing to get the bundle http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/c1e67ffa-7def-4460-bc54-2e8410ebd86b/playstation-3-160gb-little-big-planet-2-ratchet-and-clank-all-4-one-modern-warf#0

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Price.
I just bought my friends 160 GB PS3 off him for $180 with 2 games and a remote. I've been picking up games for no more than $30 a piece.
I got Uncharted 2 from Newegg for $15, Uncharted 3 from Best Buy for $30, Killzone 3 for $26, and Resistance from Gamestop for $8.

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@hiiamstevie: Correct the 20 gig did not have wifi, but you could buy a wireless bridge and use wifi or use the built in wired network card.