questionsis it really worth $90 more to get the 250gb xbox…

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Yes.
You can install games onto the drive and it uses that instead of the disk, but one game averages around 6GB.

I had a 120GB to start and came close to filling it up a few times. With all the games I had installed to my drive, downloadable arcade games, and DLC, space became limited.

You can buy a 4GB system and put a old HD in it, you just have to get a case for the HD. (We did this to my friends. he bought my 120GB off me when I got my 250GB)
Keep an eye out, old 250GB HD's have been going for around $70 lately.

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I don't know if the 250 is worth it, but I would certainly go higher than the 4 gb if you intend on doing a fair bit of gaming. Most games end up being patched, all of them save data, you might want to download movies, install a game to the drive for faster performance, or download games from the marketplace, new or classic, which all require drive space. Some of that space is used for system updates and such as well. I think mine's a 20 gig drive; it's taken me a couple years, but I'm nearly full. Certainly 4 was gone almost immediately.

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Please read above, if still unsure, repeat.

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You can certainly "make" a 250GB console for cheaper than buying it direct.

I bought an Arcade model when the Slim system came out and added an HDD to it, instant SuperElite of the time. When the 4GB Kinect bundle went on sale this past February, we bought it, swapped the HDD into it, and sold the Arcade for $100.

I love my 360, but Microsoft is just ripping you off, hard, when you buy their HDD. Only reason I can figure that they keep doing it is that enough people just accept it as the only option.

If you are feeling cheap, but want an official Microsoft HDD, you could buy a used drive from the original console and pop it out of the case, then use it in the slim. For a while, I had mine propped up with a piece of cardboard to prevent connector strain, it works just fine. Ideally you would want to take the legit drive and put a case around it.

External drives will NOT work. However, if you have any compatible 16GB USB drives, that's some storage you can use.

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I did something similar to @apfrehm. I picked up the 4gb slim that had the amazon credit offer, a kinect that had another credit with it then picked up a slim HDD clone for about $50 like this one here - http://www.amazon.com/250G-Hard-Disk-Drive-Microsoft/dp/B004GX4864/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1304137758&sr=8-12
Unfortunately couldn't use the credit for it 'cause it's not sold by Amazon.

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The hard drive is the most expensive part of the Xbox. Really, you are paying for the software, just like a smartphone.

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its 36 cents a gig, not $2.73... bad math

unless you have a HD sitting around the house, just buy it.

cheapest 250gig on newegg is about $40, its probably worth the 50 to have it factory installed, under warranty, and inside the case.

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Get the 4gb one, and if you run out of room or decide you'd like to play original xbox games, head over to amazon and grab a used 250gig drive for 60 bucks, or sometimes you can find new ones for like 70 (i did :P)

If you keep using flash drives and external drives, you won't be able to play original xbox games. Unless you have the official microsoft 250gig drive in your machine, you cannot play any original xbox games at all.

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The hard drive on the new Xboxes have a different hard drive shape. You cannot use a standard hard drive with it. They are flash units now. Even if you are talking using USB storage, the limit is like 32 GB per external device.

Hands down, no question, get the one with the 250 GB hard drive. It is well worth it to be able to install games to the hard drive for faster load times, as well as download game and video content from Xbox Live. Keep in mind, you need about 5-7 GB of space to install a single game to a drive.

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It really is worth it, I bought my first 360 4 years ago, and I've been working at a video game store as a sales associate for 2 years. People ALWAYS come in wanting a bigger hard drive or complaining about theirs, so you might as well not deal with that headache and pay the extra $90 for a 250GB system. Besides, people were always complaining about how the 20GB drive didn't have enough space, so how on Earth would 4GB be good?

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NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
I bought the 4gb 360 off a guy on craigslist. saved some bucks, but thats not the point. I bought the cheapest hard drive I could find for the original xbox 360 that was a 250gb hard drive, tore it apart then put it into the new xbox. its that easy. no banning or garbage like that. Everybody complains that you can't just buy the cheapest hard drive cause its made with cheap chinese parts... everything comes from china with cheap chinese parts... what is the difference?

summary, buy the 4gb xbox 360. buy either the bare drive for the 360 or buy one for the original xbox. dont be a wuss, tear it apart and throw it in to the new xbox. DONE, saved 50 bucks. and if you want to do it right, buy the cheap enclosure for the hard drive for 5 bucks. exactly what I did.

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I bought a 250 GB hard drive on ebay for my 360 slim for $45. If you're looking to save the money, I'd go this route.

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I use my Xbox everyday. With all the updates they require the 250gb is worth it.

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@nabidavid: Yes, you CAN use an old style HDD. You can easily remove the hard drive from its casing and place the bare drive directly into a slim Xbox, or even buy an adapter case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0NhKgRC2tg

http://www.buy.com/prod/slim-250g-hard-drive-hdd-case-cover-shell-for-xbox-360/q/sellerid/23962916/loc/108/220504711.html

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I own the 4 gb and so far so good. I've had it for a few months and have gotten by just fine. The only gripe I have with it is the Halo Reach issue where you can't play some coop modes online without the 250 gb. That's a pretty annoying issue. Otherwise, if you're not going to download much, then I think the 4 gb should be good enough, at least for now.

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Pay the extra money. It isn't worth the additional time or hassle making a hackjob that may/may not work, and I've had friends who have purchased used harddrives that were DOA. Plus, the warranty thing as well. It isn't worth the hassle of saving a mere $20 to maybe get a good one for cheap.

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If you're saying that 250 gigs for $339 is a "mere" $2.73 a gig, then for your 4 gig for $250 it's a "mere" $62.50 per gig.

You can't take the total price of the machine to compute the price per gig. You'd have to do $90 for 250 gigs, which would be $.36 per gig.

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No, if you really want to save money go buy a refurbished Xbox 360S 4GB than go online and you can find 250GB made for the xbox (no hacking involved just slides right in) for about 50$ so your saving around $70 dollars for the same thing

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One thing I haven't notice anyone mention; the X-Box can now use (up to) 16GB USB "thumb" drives. These are cheap, (can be) fast, and can be exchanged easily. For instance, I keep all my Rock Band music on one, so I can take it to friends' houses easily.

I have a 4GB and use thumb drives to save games and downloaded content. Unless you're someone who downloads a lot of video or music, this could be a very good solution. The X-Box can stream video and music from a Widows Media PC (for example Windows 7 Home) so there's not a huge reason to store things locally in my opinion.

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One thing I didn't know that I wish I did; you can't play downloaded original XBOX games to the 4GB (never got a legitimate answer as to why that was). By this I mean if you want to download and play say, San Andreas on the 4GB... you're SOL. Not sure about the disc version, but I would definitely ask someone who knows for sure. I bought a 250GB drive to put in for $85 on ebay and install was easy; something to think about.

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i bought the xb kinnect pkg for 300 bux, the 4 gig does all I want it to do for now, (offline gaming, netflix, last.fm, huluplus) a half a year down the road i plan to pick up a HD when money isn't as tight.

either kinnect 4GB bundle - 300$
xb 250GB - 300$
kinnect = 150
250 GB HD = 150

so really you MAY possibly screw urself out of $50 down the road but also keep in mind you can use flash drives on the 360s as well, a good cheap alternative for GB space

im happy with my 4Gb xb and kinnect :)

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Get the 250GB. Buying a clone or making one hasn't gotten most people banned but Microsoft CAN ban you for it if they decided to (take a look at the terms of service). Also in some cases the clone drives will not work for playing original Xbox games.

Removing a Microsoft HD intended for the older style Xbox from its case and using that is safer but still voids the warranty on the hard drive at the very least. Given that you'll pay $75 for one of those new (I don't recommend buying used) you're better off to pay the extra $90 and get it all from the factory with warranty from the start.

As to why you'd want it. You'll find that if you buy any downloadable content for your games, or any XBLA games, or even any movies/music on Zune that 4GB will fill up very quickly. You could even fill that up just trying out free game demos in a fairly short amount of time. You may also want to install games to the hard drive (faster loading times and in some cases the game runs much better).

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you could just order a 250 gig hdd from pwnageshop.net for 69.99 and save 20 bucks and yes a 4 gig Xbox doesn't leave u with much room for anything other then game saves and live updates

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I have used a Xbox 360 20gb Pro model since 2007. With that model the harddrive was 20gb, but only 13.7gb was open to the user. With that limitation i was able to have DLC for a couple games and lots of arcade downloads. However demos and full games could not be placed on my harddrive.

The longer you own an xbox the more space you will need. The 4gb limit with the cheap model is definitely a handicap. But! If you are not a hardcore gamer i would recommend this if you want to save money. Just get a 16-32gb flashdrive (or use one you already have) and you problems should be mostly solved.

It is not really necessary to have 250gb. Even with just a 16gb flashdrive you will have just under 20gb of usable space. That will let you install your favorite game or two, keep one or two demos at a time, and at least 10 big XBLA games as well as dlc. There is no need to get the 250gb drive unless you want to install every game or keep lots of video/demo content.

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I got the 250. I could have saved a few bucks by buying the 4gb - taking the old drive out, putting in a new drive, hoping it worked, etc.

But why? The extra money was worth my time in messing with it. It's also fully covered by the M$ warranty. AND we all know how M$ can be... One day they may just decide that all the "worked on" drives won't play nice with their systems anymore and put a ban on all of them.

Some days you have to suck it up and cough up the coin.

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I was faced with this dilemma in June.

$300 for kinect with 4GB xbox
$300 for 250 Gb xbox... no kinect :( and too much memory

now that i reflect, i made the right decision. you can get a 120 gb HDD for around 50 bux online, which is more than enough room for me. I have not needed the extra memory until now that I have BF3 and requires a HDD for HD gfx now that i did "surprisingly" run into that it was a HUGE turn off to a highly exciting unboxing

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Xbox slim has at least many pcb formats; 250g with expansion, 4g with expansion, and no format multiple pcbs with or without expansion. Any non format without expansion can be re branded as 250g matte or gloss. Every special edition is 4g inboard with expansion. Dashboard limitations and hardware lack IO capabilities for expansion but every slim has hardware connections for this.

Don't buy any 250 unless you can remove the 250 gigabyte hdd, and create a profile. Only way to get the quality you pay for. Only this assures you don't get riped off by getting a no format Xbox you cant make a profile for. 250g has two pcb's, one with on board ram and one needs a hdd to make profile. Any 250g that needs a hdd for profile has been a re brand.