Ok, so update on this thread (http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/927750-playstation-3/65518775), I have gotten the phat one back (and it's working), but decided to buy a new PS3 so I could transfter all my data lest this happens to me again.
This is where I need some insight; that PS3 phat model that died on me lasted almost 7 years, it was one of the launch models. I do play almost every day, but take good care of my things. My consoles are in dedicated cabinets with built in exhaust fans (like arcade cabinets) so I'm not really worried about overheating.
The question, which one of the new PS3 models will give me the same life as this model it's replacing? Are there any "new" chipsets, like the 360s, with their 40 nm chips and things like those which are supposed to prolong life?
For me the Super Slim looks better than the 2nd gen Slim., but I'm going for longevity and build this time.