Hi there everyone, first post although I have been reading this forum for the last few days. I've decided I must get a PS2 for essentially the purposes of playing Metal Gear Solid 3 and the US version asap at that. I am new to the whole modding scene, but my budget requires a baptism of fire. I am thinking of picking up a faulty PS2 on ebay and fixing it using stuff I've learned from the recent reading. Then buying a fliptop/SD combo from an online store and fitting that and then either grabbing a DL of MGS3 or a pre burned copy to make sure I've done it correctly and then buy the US version. I am well versed in the ins and outs of taking PCs apart as I'm always messing with them, so that should help me. Now questions: 1) Is that a bit much for a first timer? 2) What are the odds of being able to fix a PS2 which is only having disc read errors on SOME games and not others? (figure its a lens cleaning etc and should be straight forward enough, am I wrong?) 3) What online shops (UK now remember) would be best to grab the fliptop/SD combo from? 4) Are there any good sources for backups with maybe original artwork or whatever? (PM me that please) 5) What are good sites for free repair/installation/cleaning guides? Thats all I can think to ask right now. Any help/feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot.