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Has anyone carried out some mods to their PS3 's or have any ideas to keep a 60gb PS3 cool??

It had YLOD and i replaced the TIM, reflowed the board etc and its working fine again now, however after about 10mins of being on the fan ramps up a few notches even if you just leave it on the menu screen. It then ramps up a few more times when playing games and sounds as loud as my pc. Also the fan doesnt slow down once its ramped up, it just stays at the same level until the system is turned off.

It's not too loud, i just wondered if theres anything else i can do to make it run cool and get the most out of it to avoid another yellow light.

If i apply a thin layer of TIM on the chips, the heatsink doesnt make propper contact so i may need to look into copper shims too as i have tried bending the clamp.

PS3 already has 19 blade fan, the PSU thats not got the plastic bottom but isnt the old hot one either, has Artic Silver 5 TIM.

My ideas are:

Apply IC Diamond paste
Apply new thermal pads to the chips
Apply heatsinks to chips to aid cooling (if they will fit??)
Apply copper shims to close the gap between RSX and CPU and heatsink/ fan
Somehow attach an additional fan or cutout on the system to aid airflow??

Really wanted to try and fit it in a PC case but that seems near on impossible. I understand YLOD has a habbit of returning sooner or later but im not sure how it will get that hot in my room as i live in the UK and its freezing cold!! A fair amount of hot air comes out the back.
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Don't leave it in a small enclosed space.
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Its not, its sat vertically under an open work bench in a cool room smile.gif
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Really wanted to try and fit it in a PC case but that seems near on impossible.

With a dremel and patience everything is possible.
   
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With a dremel and patience everything is possible.

Its more the fact the cables wouldnt reach and it would need heavy modding so i ruled it out frown.gif Best to make mods to the ps3 case i think
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It has been done before. Some guy put with an xbox and a ps in one pc case.

There's also a thread on here that contains fan mods. Adding a big fan to the old fat case.
 
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post #7 of 21

This is a mod I made for my friends 40GB which received the YLOD. I was able to lift the blu ray drive and PSU OFF the motherboard tray on which it sits normally. Using this same method I could've EASILY put it into a PC case.
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Have you considered selling it on Ebay and buying a new Slim instead? The fat versions still fetch a nice price and I actually made a few bucks and ended up with a 4 times larger hard drive. It's quieter, too. thumb.gif
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Have you considered selling it on Ebay and buying a new Slim instead? The fat versions still fetch a nice price and I actually made a few bucks and ended up with a 4 times larger hard drive. It's quieter, too. thumb.gif

If it's died before then he won't get anything for it. For spare parts you could probably sell a dead fat 60GB for like $60. A repaired one that is working? Probably $100 since everyone knows that once it's died it will continue to do so over and over
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Dude go to www.xoxiode and buy some gear and etc for your console. They have cooling equipment too biggrin.gif Mods too!
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