Okay so i have a 3 year old ps3 fatty 40GB, I haven't had any issues with it freezing or overheating. But i finally picked up some arctic silver 5 thermal paste.
I was just wondering if i should just go ahead and take off the factory paste and apply the good stuff! I just have a few concerns
- Is there any chance of messing up the ps3, since it's working perfectly fine?
- is there any benefit I.E. longevity?
- My first ps3 got the stupid YLOD after the clock time a few years back got jacked up
- Is it fairly easy to do, just as you would a PC CPU. Very thin layered?
- Is there a good Video i can watch just to see what i'm looking to do once i have it open?
I'm very hardware educated and good with maintenance.
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I'm not sure which model PS3 you have, but if you have the CECHG model you should check out my signature link and follow along with the dissassembly and reassembly of your PS3. If you have any other model (like the CECHH), I would advise you have a professional repair place repaste your PS3 for you, because the reassembly process has shown to be difficult for some, and I haven't seen any good videos on it on the internet...
I suggest you don't open it up at all if you are uncomfortable with it. Both Gophermods and Endless Electronics offer a service where they can clean out your system and change the paste for you for around $40-$50.
I can't quite say what the falilure rate would be if you don't do anything, but it has been noticed repeatedly that the thermal paste Sony uses does dry out over time, and that tends to lead the PS3 to overheat and develop YLOD symptoms...