My launch 60GB PS3 has gotten progressively louder over the past roughly 4 and a half years, and with launch models seemingly dying left and right, I've decided to take a more pro-active approach to the situation, and disassemble the thing over the weekend, blow everything out, and re-apply nice, new Artic Slver 5 to the chips that need them.
So I found a set of instructional videos on Youtube by a gentleman named "pimpmyps3", where he breaks the 3 levels of getting down to the actual motherboard of the PS3, doing what you need to do, and then he even has a 10 minute video on re-assembly, which is awesome, because taking something with a million screws and pieces always seems to be way easier than figuring out how to stick it all back together.
So this is it, I'm in it to win it, or else in it to fuck something up at a base level that I can't repair and make a trip to Target for a new PS3. Talking to a few people on IRC with experience in doing this, it actually doesn't seem to be anything too difficult, I've built plenty of PCs and even cracked open a couple of laptops to replace wifi adapters and various odds and ends, so I think if I allow myself the time, space, and my iPad with pimpmyps3's Youtube vids queued up, I probably won't have much trouble making my PS3 as good as new and quieter to boot.
Anyone else done this before? Any words of encouragement, tips, tricks, etc? I'm giving myself a 2 hour window to finish it on the dining room table, charged my electric screwdriver, piled up all my screw heads in one place, and I've told my wife to leave me alone until I'm done. Check, check, check, check.
Tonight, it's on.