XBox 360 Pro - 20GB - used, should I get it?

My son wants to buy a used XBOX 360 PRO 20GB. I am reading terrible things about the older ones (red ring death?) and I cannot tell if it is HD or if you need to buy some cables to make it HD? Any help? Should we just get a new one?
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jonahzonaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
All Xbox360 Pro's came with Component (HD) cables. The first gen didn't have HDMI, though the second gen did.

I had a first gen 360 for 4 years, never got the RRoD, but most of my friends did.

Unless you are getting it for less than $100, I would spend the money on a new one. If you do get the used one, make sure it comes with all original cables.

The original cable bundle has both A/V and Component cabling. To make it HD you simply have to plug in the component cables and flip a switch on the cable connector.
jaguarpriestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It all depends on how much it costs. Does it come with an HDMI Port already? even the older Xbox360's may do HD via Component. There is a switch that sets it from TV to HDTV. Unless it is terribly cheap it may not be worth the investment. The newer ones run a lot cooler and more stable.
qualitytechConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The older 360's are compatible with 720p and 1080p. I cannot recall if there is an HDMI port on the rear or not. I used mine set at 720p with a gold plated XBOX to RCA cable and it worked great. If I remember correctly the red ring of death (RROD) was a heat related issue, and they also had a few optical drive and video card issue. I can reassure that I purchased a first generation shorty after they came out and it lasted a solid 5 or 6 years with no issues. In fact the only reason I purchased a slim 360 was for the built in wireless capabilities. If the price is right and the previous owner assures that there is no RROD problems I would feel comfortable. What is the owner asking for it. I'm pretty sure you can get a brand new older style for around $150 where available. Or the newer more reliable version for $199 w/o HD. A new 250gb HD runs around $99 or you could just purchase the newer version with a built in HD for $299. Like always money is the decision maker.
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Sean ScissorsConnect With a Mentor Program Analyst IICommented:
It's a tough decision considering there are rumors that this June at E3 MS will announce the "next xbox". If they do that and say it will come out late this year (doubtful) or next spring (highly possible) then the xbox 360's will drop in price. If you want one now though then I suggest something like this...

It is not horrible in price and comes with built in wifi (older versions required a $90 wifi card add-on) and it has a much larger 250gb HD as well as Kinect ready in case he wanted to get that.
☠ MASQ ☠Connect With a Mentor Commented:
How much is it? - can you see it working?

If RROD was going to happen it would have done by now - check the case stickers to make sure it's not been opened or modified.
If it has check the history carefully - Microsoft repairs would have been resealed so a broken seal indicates a third party fix of some kind.
Check the video output - if it has HDMI then it has one of the later two chipsets which have better cooling anyway.  Your best deal would be
a 360 Pro with a serial # starting 734 or later as these had the Falcon motherboard which was the best combination on the 20GB 360 Pro's
bmorriso99Author Commented:
All of these solutions were fantastic. Thank-you all for all of the information! I have decided to go with a new one. I hate hassles when things break and I am just going to put the money towards a new one. THanks!
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