IMO, yes it is.
Originally Posted by webbo
My YLOD is still running after a month, and that's with me hammering the crap out of it too. The main thing is to make sure you get one with it's original warranty sticker intact. While there are ways to get these off and back onto the case without damaging them, it increases your chances of having a system that hasn't been tampered with, or had a repair attempted already.
Just remember that the fix is usually temporary unless you re-ball the chips. That's what I'm planning to learn how to do next. My fix was with a JIG, heat gun, no-clean flux and some Arctic Silver 5.
60GB (120GB WD Scorpio Drive) PS3 (CECHA01, NTSC), 3.7OFW
60GB (640GB Samsung Drive) PS3 (CECHC04, PAL), Kmeaw 3.55, Repaired (Dead Laser)
PSP-1003 FAT, CFW5.00 M33-6 & Prometheus v2
X-Box 360 Xenon (JTAG'ed, 500GB HDD)