On the other hand, I get the sense that one needs extra accessories for the XBox 360, which negates all the potential cost savings--in other words, they're equally expensive.
enjoy your new 360 melon. just for being curious, double check to see if you have a jasper you will know by 2 things if you dont know already.
1) it has the internal 256 built in memory
12V is a jasper but not to rain on your fun, just keep on mind that Jaspers are also getting RROD's just not as high as the others like the falcon etc....