Also did this repair 2 times. It was a pretty interesting and enjoyable repair. Time consuming but straight-forward compared to some of the others I’ve done. But, as I’ve seen in many other comments, it didn’t last. I got another 6weeks max out of the system before it started up again with the YLOD. It’s too bad because it seems like the repair is hitting on the right problem, it’s just not producing a durable solution.
I can’t believe this worked so well. YLOD is gone, PS3 works, AND I was able to clean 1/4” of accumulated dust inside (fixed the overworked fan). I’d certainly not classify this as easy and it took a solid 2 hours (I’ve repaired/upgraded a lot of iphones, androids, tablets, and laptops but not a PS3). Lots of bits to keep track of and re-building the motherboard sandwich with all the sticky pads and paste isn’t trivial. I think the hardest part was removing the “peel off” backings from the 3M thermal pads without taking the adhesive film. Use a razor blade to scrape the adhesive film off the peel off back if it feels like you’re splitting the pads in half. Also, when you’re re-attaching the top motherboard cover dont’ forget to insert the tabs at the back into the slots of the bottom MB cover. It’s an easy detail to miss and your case won’t line up when putting it all back. Not sure if people are still repairing these in 2018 but if so, there are a couple tips. Thanks for the guide!