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FAT PS3 buyer guide –
Now that we have Ps Groove a PS3 looks more appealing doesn't it ?
But since not everyone has the money to buy a new slim they'll go a second hand fatty .
I've been reading about dead lasers ,YLOD etc... can you give a few tips about which laser is better , how to check for a good revision , what are the most reliable FAT's , how to thoroughly check a console when buying it etc..
Myself i want a 60GB so i can still play my PS2 games .
Come on guys , just share your experience with you FAT console . Was it reliable ? What were the symptoms something was wrong ?
BBC report on YLOD [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft48eUcqk4I"]YouTube - Sony PlayStation 3 and the "yellow light of death" BBC Watchdog[/ame]
Originally Posted by flo
Well... I got the FAT 60GB PS3 US version and I never had a problem with it. 4 Years after then only thing I had to do was open it a clean it from dust, and put it back (I just wanted to clean it, it was still working). That's all!
60GB UK launch console. Still working fine, no issues to report.
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Actually flo, a second hand fatty would probably cost more than a new slim. At least if its a PS2 BC one. Check the current prices and you'll see.
Originally Posted by flo
On topic, I have a 60GB BC PS3 that just turned 3 this past July. Never had a problem with it (knock wood).
Yea, a backwards compatible model generally sells online for AT LEAST as much as a used or new slim if not more. Finding one locally may be cheaper than that, but you have to look.
The main reason to go with the slim is the better and more reliable hardware in it. The laser, BR drive, power source and motherboard have all been revised several times over the years getting better every time. If you are looking for statistical longevity out of your system, I would advise picking up a slim and a used ps2, and avoid the old BC models.
If you absolutely need to have a BC model, look into buying the Metal Gear Solid bundle (model # CECHExx MG"). It was the only BC model Sony ever made that had the better dual-laser (less likely to burn out).
If you just want to pick up a cheap fat model and are willing to forgo the BC capability, try to find one of the fat models that have the dual lasers in it (they also have better power supplies and MBs and run on less power/heat). For a 40gb, look for the CECHHxx, for an 80GB look for CECHLxx, or find the 160gb model CECHPxx that was originally bundled with the uncharted game.
One last thing, and I can not stress this enough. If you are buying a used ps3 ANYWHERE, the very first thing I would check or ask the seller about is if the warranty seal is in tact. If not, you have no idea what the previous owner(s) have done in there. They could've done a hack job re-flow and the YLOD will be back in a matter of weeks/months.
I have a 60 GB launch model from 26 of March 2006.
3 days after the european release.
No problem until now
Well I just grabbed a 60gb BC phatty from ebay, works great, actually bidded for a 40gb but the seller contacted me after the auction to advise he/she had actually advertised in error and would I like a 60GB model for the same price? Hell ya! £120 is not bad at all, works great. (came with 3.41 too)
ive had a 40 gig since like 2007 ive only had one problem, in 09 i was playin prototype and it turned itself off due to overheating....but i just vacuumed the dust from the vents and it was all good
Thanks you Swollenostrich , that's exactly the kind of advice i expected .
I took on your ideas and made little chart with all the FAT PS3's . What a buyer should get is a console with the KES-410ACA laser ( separate eyes for bluray and DVD) and less watts as possible. The RSX/CELL nanometer technology is also to look for. The lower,the cooler will be the console and less risk to YLOD .
You can see clearly from the chart that along with the years hardware has improved .
Lots of users have given positive feedback about the european 60GB , CECHC_ _ ,so you might as well consider that .
You can check the warranty seal location in these pics . A seal that has been broken will have VOID written all over .