There is so much information out there concerning the ps2 and modifying it however I thought maybe someone could just clarify a few questions I am having: first I wanted to know if using an external HDD on a slim PS2 would be as good as a fat PS2 with an internal HDD installed. would there be significant slow down that I should seriously invest in a fat system? or is it only slight and in all actuality perfectly playable with a usb hdd? my other question is if the softmod is just as good as a modchip. what disadvantages are there to using a softmod instead of a mod chip? is it in your opinion just as good as the softmod? or should I dish out the extra money for a chip modified system? thanks!