I have a 3-year-old ps2 and I am going to get a new one. The one I have has trouble with backups (skipping and stuff) now and ps1 originals too. I want to get a slim one because it seems like it would work better than the fat ones. And because they are newer I think they would work better (Do they?). I am going to put a modchip in it and I want to get a HDD for it as well. I am thinking a DMS4 because of the built in HDD loader. I want to know what ps2 version is best for compatibility and longevity. What ps2 works the best and where can I get it. Places online to buy them don't really have version information. If I were to walk in to a local Gamestop and buy a new ps2 what version would it be? Should I just get a new laser for my old ps2, clean it out a bit and then mod that? What HDD should I get and where should I get it from? I want as much capacity as possible but I remember reading on the ps2 HDD compatibility list that with the HDD loader program you can only use 137 GB is that a problem with a mod chip? What is most compatible and works the best because that list is long there is a lot of information there. And I think I might want to get the HD combo thing to keep it cool and such should I worry about that? (Especially because the HD combo is only compatible with certain ps2 versions) There are a lot of mod services I plan to mod it myself (I do have soldering experience) but are there any mod service that I can get a warranty from or not void the manufacturer warranty or any extended warranty I get? Wow that is a lot of questions. Most of the FAQs focus on fixes for people that already have a ps2 I want to get everything I need strait before I spend money and right now after reading through some things I am very confused about these subjects. I don’t know if I have read everything I could have about this subject but after looking through FAQS here and trying to research on goggle I still feel a bit lost. If I missed something please direct me to somewhere I can find this information. Thank you very much in advance if you can answer any of my questions.