Sony’s original PS3 consoles were built to do everything. With built in support for PS1, PS2, and PS3 games, in addition to a Blu-ray player, the launch PS3 models were very versatile. Last November I bought a CECHA01 system, the original 60GB fat model, from eBay for a little over $50, less than 9% of what the original MSRP was back in 2006.
While I did know that the original Xbox 360s had reliability issues, I didn’t know that the original PS3s were also so prone to failure. In an effort to keep my PS3 running for a long time I’m modding the system to run as cool and quietly as possible. This is the introduction to a series of blog posts documenting my experiences restoring and modifying my original PS3.
Here’s a short list of topics, in no particular order, that I’m planning to cover:
- Console teardown, and reassembly.
- Downgrading the console to 3.55 official firmware.
- Custom firmware installation.
- Playing online with custom firmware.
- Case cooling mods.
- Delidding the PS3’s CPU and GPU to reapply thermal paste.
- Thermal pad replacement.
- Powering the PS3 with an external ATX computer power supply.
- Manual hardware fan speed control.
- External temperature display.
- Mounting inside of a computer case.
- Water cooling.
For an up to date listing of topics that I have covered, see my projects page.