I bought a 360 shortly after launch but it was an impulse purchase. Decided to return it when I wasn't happy with the launch titles and none of the original Xbox games I bought worked on it.
Seems like if the fail rate was very high there would be a a lot of people talking about it on the net, also I would expect more people to come forward on this forum if that was the case.
I guess my minds made up, I'm gonna trade in my PS3 and get a new 360. I'm not sure how big of a HDD I should get for it. Does Live have very many full sized games for sale that are Gigabytes in size?
It depends on how much DLC, Games on Demand (Full disc game download), game installs, Arcade games, music, videos, demos, etc you choose to download. There is quite a lot of content on XBL.
I'm not sure what the sizes of the HDDs are for the slim console, I think the smallest may be 120GB. I think that would be right on the money.
Unless you were using a rather large HDD in your PS3. Then if you feel better about getting the 250GB, then go for it.
Oh, and don't forget that you can use flash drives for extra storage. Feel free to correct me, guys, but I think you can use up to two flash drives, with no more than 16GB each being used for Xbox 360 storage.