Hacking Is it worth getting a CECHBxx PS3 model? (And to a lesser extent, the CECHAxx?)

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Those early models are said to have much better compatibility for PS2 games but it is also said that they can suffer from overheating and YLOD.
Now I don't know how much longer Sony will keep updating the firmware or have online service active for it, but I am under the impression that once they shut down and the internet browser stops working with the ever-changing internet, there's not much to be done online with the consoles.
So that leaves two things...
If I bought a CECHBxx PS3 which has no Wi-Fi or Card Reader, could I still softmod it to play backups?
If instead I bought a CECHAxx PS3 which should work like every other fat PS3, what measures would I need to take to ensure its longevity?
 

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What Hayato said, but there's also capacitors that need replacing that are the actual cause of YLODs. Even if you fix the heating with thermal paste, if you don't fix the capacitor problem, your PS3 could still be seeing yellow.

As for PS2 BC, to be completely honest, while it sucks when a game doesn't end up working, the later PS3 models will still have the BC in them that can play most of the PS2's library with little to no problem. You might need a patch or two for some games depending on what region they are, but otherwise, I'd go with anything smaller than a George Foreman grill PS3 with the Spider-Man 3 font on top!
 

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Thanks for the answers!
If you don't mind me asking one more question, that would be wonderful.
Let's say I bought the CECHBxx PS3 which has no card reader or wi-fi, but it could still run backups.
Since it has no wi-fi, I know the internet browser won't work on it nor will I be able to play online (which is a sacrifice I'm willing to make) but does that also mean MultiMan & the other tools will be limited in functionality? I imagine running OtherOS on the PS3 would not be fun with no internet (Then again I don't think there's been active updates to Linux on the PS3)
& stuff like covers for the games will be a manual process.
 

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Yes of course! ethernet should be faster and much more stable vs wifi as all wifi equipped PS3's use 2.4ghz 802.11G maximum (54mbps). This includes even super slim models as well. For comparison, the Xbox 360 although it never had wifi on the fats, you can use either a white dongle (802.11G) or a black one (802.11n) and the S and E all use built in solutions (also 802.11n)
 
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