So I currently have a CECHH01 fat PS3, the model that was sold with the MGS4 bundle. I bought it about two years ago used from a GameStop, threw out the 40 GB hard drive and stuck in my own spare 160 GB hard drive. It's been going really well ever since taking in moderate game use (I say I'd put around 20 - 30 hours per week of game time).
Now, recently playing BF3 I noticed my fan being way too loud. Like, I've never heard my fan be that loud before, and only with this session since I've had BF3 since launch. I looked around a bit on the Internet and apparently these models have been known to die out quicker than others. So I have a few options here;
I have a new hard drive coming in the mail (500 GB). I could put it into either the old or new model. With the old model, I've heard that if you slap some thermal paste on the chip set it can extend the life of your unit. I could play doctor by backing up my hard drive, putting the new one in and applying the paste in that process, and while it's downloading all my data again the thermal paste could start setting in.
OR I just get a Slim and throw in the new hard drive into it and be done with my old unit.
The thing is, I'm guessing that in the next year or so Sony will be showing off a successor to the PS3 and I'd like to keep my library for as long as possible.
What do you guys think?