I'm a Wii and DS guy who is sick of waiting for games, so I'm going to invest in a 360 as well. This may be strange to some of you, but I'm only going to rent games through GameFly, not purchase any. I'm just wondering which configuration you all think would suit me better and which I'd be happier with. Hard Drive - I like the cheaper price of the Core, but would I need a memory card? The games I see myself renting first would be Gears of War, Lost Planet, Dead or Alive 4, and an NBA game. Is there any advantage to having the hard drive for these games? I'll also subscribe to XBox Live, would I want a hard drive for that? Controllers - I'm in love with wireless controllers ever since I got my Wii, so that'd be a downside of the Core to me. Do the batteries last a long time? Maybe I could just get the Core, sell the wired controller and buy a pair of wireless ones? HD - I don't have an HD capable TV, but I might get a 24" Dell LCD soon, which supports it, if that would affect my choice? I'm just looking for advice because I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to the 360. I feel stupid because I realize I'm a Nintendo fanboy because I only know about their stuff. Daniel.