Hey all you PS3'ers out there..I"m looking at getting a new PS3 system but not sure if I really need the larger 320GB system. Need some good advice from experienced die hard PS3 fans. Let me know folks!
I used to have the original PS3 60GB and it was filled fast with game demos, movies, videos, pictures, game saves, songs, etc. Now I have the 320GB PS3 and I'm very happy. I guees it depends of how you're gonna use it. Just for playing games and no downloadable content 120GB may be enough.
It all just depends on you. If you are a die hard gamer who plans on getting 100 games, a bunch of DC (down loadable content), and store music and stuff than you should consider paying $30-$60 more for the 250 ($325) or 320 GB ($350). But if you're a casual gamer who just wants to play around 10 games (or more, just an example) and leave the movies for DVD or Blu-ray than 160 GB is more than enough. Most games have less than 1 GB of space required. So probably 160 GB is even enough for 50 average games. Hope this helps.
I have an original launch 60GB. I use mine for gaming and watching BluRay only. I don't store any video, music or pictures. I have minimal DLC. I still ran out of room. If you keep up with all the current firmware updates they take tons of memory. I upgraded to a 320GB HDD this summer. After formatting, I only had 30GB available on the original HDD, which means the firmware updates alone took about 30GB.
If you're going to get the 320 GB system, get it for Uncharted 3, not the larger hard drive. For an extra $50 you can upgrade to a 500 GB 7200 RPM drive that actually will slightly increase performance as opposed to the 320 GB 5400 RPM drive that will not. If you need a bigger hard drive you're better off buying one seperately and installing it (it's as easy as unscrewing 5 screws and bending back a couple tabs, well you also have to install the PS3 OS on a flash drive, but it's very painless and there's a ton of instructional videos). The real deal with the 320 GB is Uncharted 3 which goes for $60 currently thrown in for an extra $50. The upgraded hard drive size is just a bonus.
The OS does not take up 30 GBs. It's only a 200 MB download from the PS3 site. The system automatically allocates part of your HD for use by programs. It works similarly to virtual memory in Windows. It allows for development practices such as hard drive streaming which significantly reduces the lag with read times of the lower speed bluray drive. So yes, the 30 GB is being reserved by the system, but the OS itself is actually fairly small. The firmware updates are just that, updates. They build onto the existing code by overwriting it. They are not cumulative. Same idea as game patches. They don't add to the total size of the game (well not significantly anyway).
YOu can buy a 160 gb slim, and buy a 1 tb Samsung Spinpoint hdd, I have one in my PS3 (Phat) and it makes even less noise than stock drive, which means that it produces less heat. 40 gb = 10 mins and fan at high speed 1 tb = fans havn't even turned on ever.
The hard drive should have no influence over the fan whatsoever. The fans exist to cool down the CPU and GPU. Hard drives are magnetic and enclosed. They release almost no heat. I do agree that buying a 160 GB and upgrading is the way to go though.