Buying PS3 to mod, need some clarification

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  1. KnilKrad
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    I'm planning on buying a 3.55 PS3 to mod soon and I've been looking around at FAQs and tutorials trying to figure out exactly what I'll need. However, it seemed like some of the information I found may out of date, so I was hoping that I might get a few questions answered here.

    1. I will probably want to be able to run disc backups. Should I buy a USB hard drive for this purpose, or is it possible to install and run backups from a PS3's built-in hard drive? Also, about how large are most PS3 backups?

    2. It's my understanding I should get a Slim - is there any real upside or downside to the different available models? Are older models more prone to break or anything like that?

    3. Sorry for the vague question, but is there anything not obvious that I will probably need or should know about before I begin?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Loke

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    1. Most games are between 7 and 15 gb, some are much larger but most games are able to shrink quite a bit. It depends on how many games you want to install. I got 23 small games installed in my homescreen and i think 7 games in mmCM (bu that includes god of war 3 and GTA V). So yes, if you want 50+ games then you need a hard disk, but if you just want to play a single player for yourself and play some games with friends then it's no problem without harddisk. A harddisk is nice for playing movies and such, the built in media player is amazing.

    2. I think slim is recommended because the fat ps3's overheat more easely. I don't know if there's a real downside, but i don't think there is.

    3. Not really, i just installed habib 4.70 and it was easier then installing windows. The guides are outdated but the process is still the same. oh ye.. don't log in on psn is a good thing to know. And read about PSNpatch and PSNreact. Also look what firmware you want to use. I chose habib, but i see most people prefer rebug. No idea though, i love my habib 4.70.
     
  3. tony_2018

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    You won't find a slim with that version firmware.
     
  4. Meteor7

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    Certain Slim PS3s are capable of being downgraded to 3.55 and I think this because they were manufactured before the 3.55 update, thus originally having a lower firmware version. You might be thinking of Super Slims which, as far as I know, could never have had a version 3.55 firmware.
     
  5. tony_2018

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    Interesting to know. Do you by chance know the model to look for?
     
  6. Meteor7

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    I think all model CECH 20XX and 21XX systems are downgradeable and 2501 models will only downgrade if the manufacture date is before December 2010.
     
  7. marksteele

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    sometimes you can pick up a cheap 3.55 ps3 thats been PSN banned on ebay. That's only if you don't really care about PSN though. (it's what I did and I got it for a very decent price with pre-installed exploits)