hey guys i've been watching the wii scene for a really long time now (almost from the beginning) so i'm no newbie to console modding. i've been considering buying an Xbox 360 over the holiday break and am just wondering if people can give me a few tips on the modding side. i've been reading over tons of threads and websites regarding modding and i'm really not sure whether i should invest in a hardware mod. for my wii i started out with a modchip, but eventually softmodded it completely. what i'm mainly concerned with is the opening of the Xbox in order to flash the drive, which i read may also be more difficult for newer versions? current mod chips don't have any restrictions compared to software mods do they? and i don't need to worry about being banned from Xbox Live, i plan on buying games it's just that i'm one of those backup freaks. any tips and anything else i should take into account regarding the purchase and modding would be great. i know you probably get these threads all the time so i'm sorry. =D EDIT: i was also wondering if flashing/modding imposes any restrictions, like having games on the hdd or anything?