Buying a PS2 - Can't decide between soft/hard mod
Hey guys, after many many years, I have finally decided to get a PS2. For the past few days I have been reading A LOT of information on this site and the links to others and It's alot to take in, so I thought I'd make a thread and ask for some help. Sorry if this has been asked too many times, but like I said, I've read so many threads and my head is spinning.
Anyway, the 2 options I have been considering are:
1. Getting a local modder to install a Modbo 4.0 modchip
2. Buying a memory card off that same modder and paying him a bit extra to install Free McBoot onto it.
The PS2 I will be buying will either be a pre-owned PS2 slim from EB Games for FMCB (I'l ask to look at the console to make sure it isn't the newest versions that can't be used with FMCB) or a brand new console for the Modbo.
Basically, the main thing I want to do is play NTSC games (I live in Australia and it's pretty hard to find the games I want these days), probably backups too since the games I will buy will be used and I dont want to ruin the discs even more.
My question is, out of the 2 options, which has the best compatibility with PS2 games? I think I read somewhere that FMCB has something like an 85% compatibility for games, but I thought it would be best to ask here.
Also, I read about Open PS2 Loader, am I correct in thinking that if I have FMCB on a memory card, thats all I need to use OPL? I ask because being able to play games off the network sounds absolutely awesome.
Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.