I have a 40GB PS3 that I bought in the spring of 2008. In February of this year, it got the YLOD. I saw it coming. Starting in the winter of 2010, the fans kicked into overdrive after about 20 minutes of UC2 online. My PS3 is in a wide open space with nothing within a 2' radius around it. I had already done reading on how to reflow. I refuse to throw away a $400 investment. I finally found some time last week and pulled it off. It was very easy. Applied a nice thin layer of arctic silver thermal compound. I thoroughly cleaned out ALL of the caked on dust from the mobo, the fans...everything. It runs like a dream now. Silent and cool. After 2 hours/night of FF XIII for the past 4 days, it's blowing out cool air. My question is, how long can I expect this to last? In all of my reading, I've come upon so many threads where peeps have had the unit fail only 3 months after a reflow. Is it possible that they just did a bad job? Could they have missed something? Or is this just a temporary solution? I just bought another phat 40GB YLOD PS3 on ebay for $78. It's the same model as mine, so I'm familiar with the interior and will be able to reflow it in under an hour. The guy says its never been opened. I guess I'll find out when I open it. I'll probably see how much it sells for if I can get it running again. Are older models more susceptible to failures after the first reflow? How about reballing? When is there a real need to look into that? Thanks in advance! EDIT - I honestly had every intention of posting this in the "non-hacking" PS3 section. I don't know how I messed that up. Please move to the appropriate forum..