Spent the last week or so researching modchips and DVD burners and media and despite a lot of information, I'm still having some trouble narrowing it down to something that will work for me.
First, I have a v1 PS2 with essentially limited soldering skills so I'm gonna try and find a pro to install.
In any case, it appears my top choices for modchips come down to Messiah 2, Magic 3.1, or the DMS3. All I really want to be able to do is play backups (PS2 and PS1(not that important) of both CD-R and DVD-R games). Original imports and DVD multi-region stuff is not that important. If it comes with the chip, then all the better.
Which of the 3 chips will work best with my system...price-wise, working-wise, and installation-wise. The price ranges from least to most expensive appear to be Magic 3.1, Messiah 2, and DMS3. With that said, will the Magic 3.1 work on my system for all games (i.e. GTA:VC which I heard doesn't work with some chips)?
As for DVD-burner and media, I kind of have it down. Just to make sure I'm not going off the deep end with my choices, let me know if this is all right.
DVD-R: Pioneer A04 (What level can I upgrade the firmware to?)
DVD-R Media: TDK, Verbatim....and the 2X certified Meritline.
If you got this far in the post, thanks, and if you could help me out, even more thanks.