questionswould you buy a refurbished xbox 360?

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From where?
The Gamestop one aren't bad and they have warranty.
Check out Craigslist. My friend got a 250Gb S Kinect bundle for $250 sealed in the box.

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I wouldn't even buy a new one. In general though, I'm not against refurbs. (I've got several.)

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my refurb has lasted twice as long and is still going strong, and I went through 2 new consoles that RRODed

i think when they refurb they change whatever makes them RROD so easily, so its really MORE reliable

or you could just go for a slim which i dont think rrod at all hardly

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If its the newer Slim model, sure. I wouldn't touch a new or refurbished older model though.

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The older "phat" models - absolutely not. I love my xbox, but honestly, you're asking for trouble with a used model.

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I bought one of the older Xbox 360 off ebay and it RROD on me. Luckly the previous owner had not registered it with Xbox so I was able to get it repaired for free. (This was a couple of years ago when they extended the warranty due to the RROD issue.)

However about a year ago the thing RROD on me again so I upgraded to the Slim. So far so good with that one.

Point of the story is, if its the white Xbox 360, stay away since even if it is Microsoft repaired, it will RROD again.

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I've bought a refurb PS2 many years ago and it worked like a charm. I would definitely stay away from anything that doesn't specifically say manufacturer refurbished though. Make sure there is SOME sort of warranty on it. DOA sucks no matter if it's refurb or new.

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If its a new slim model then definitely. If you know how to fix an old phat version then I'd buy it also because you can get broken ones for $20 or less.

If you have a spare external hard drive I'd recommend getting this one right now.

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/1eaa43ac-ef81-4206-8924-71bbe4945ee7/xbox-360-arcade-refurbished-console-black-xb360-ehs-rb#9

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NO! I can tell you exactly what GameStop does to refurbish them: They remove the x-clamps and replace them with bolts, metal washers, and nylon washers - all of these end up warping the motherboard and destroying it. They also rig the fans to the DVD drive to supply them with 12v of power instead of 5v - this isn't as bad but it makes your system very loud but gives it better air flow. However if you aren't careful, you can suck up more dust/dirt/cigarette smoke/etc much faster this way.

If you're going to buy a refurbished system, at least make sure it was professionally fixed up (Microsoft, or someone who did a legit reflow/reball), the fixes GameStop does are NOT fixes! I've even talked with GameStop employees who advise to NOT buy a refurb system, or else it will come back within 2 months tops.

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YES! refurbished means it was tested by human hands/minds. New means machines built it from star to finish. They just do what they are programmed to do one thing at a time no matter how it held in the jig.

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yes, bought an older one three years ago from geeks, still going strong

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If it was cheap enough.
It also depends on the Xbox and where it's from/who refurbished it.

If it was an older white Xbox that was done (fairly) RECENTLY by MS then I'd say no problem. I say that because the older refurb'd ones almost always died at least 1 more time.

When I say "recently" I just mean as long as it was done in the past couple years.

I'm running a "refurb" (came back from Microsoft on warranty) and it's lasted me YEARS without dying (knock on wood. A lot of it.)

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And to kind of answer your question.. "pretty much" and "no" heh..
During the early fixes, the ones shortly after launch, they they were just putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound..

But since then - like the past several years - they've been rock solid as far as I know.

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An old fat console I would not (too many hardware malfunctions) one of the new slim ones I would probably consider.

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My first xbox 360 died while I was in college, not wanting to spend too much money I bought a refurb for about $120 with 20GB HD, two wireless controllers all the cables and headset. I have had it longer than my first xbox without a single problem. For me I took the risk and it paid off well.
I would guess most people telling you not to get a fat refurb never bought one. I had a friend buy a refurb instead of a new one and his runs great too.
Look around for the good deals and look at the reviews to make sure the customers are happy before you make your decision.

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I think as long as it's got a warranty and depending on which style, it could be a good deal.