The ASRock E350M1 motherboard replacement from Newegg is set to arrive on Tuesday and since I swapped out the SSD from the system it will being going into (it was suspect in a sudden standby/resume issue I’ve been experiencing), I was in the market for another. I stopped by my local MicroCenter and snatched up a couple of cheap new toys.
I had planned on getting another 64GB MicroCenter-branded SSD, but after thinking about it a while, I changed my mind. If and when Media Browser ever goes to a true and persistent backend database model, the SSD won’t really provide the speed benefit when caching as it does now. So, I decided not to blow $100 on another SSD and instead found a 160GB WD Scorpio Black drive for $22. Brand new it was listed at $50, so if there ends up not being anything wrong with it (it was a refurb), it’s a steal. It’s plenty fast enough, quiet and draws very little power…just what I wanted to go along with the board replacement. Being nearly triple the size doesn’t hurt either, especially since I hope to record again with it one day.
The second thing I grabbed was a new Asus EAH5450 Silent Radeon HD 5450 video card with 512MB of DDR3 for $44.95. It also has a $20 mail-in rebate. I will be using this in the living room to replace the old HD 2600 that’s been in use forever now, so I guess the Pachycephalosaurus will be getting a new playmate. I’m not sure if I’ll be moving the Zotac GF9300-G-E into that system yet or not. It all depends on whether or not I can resolve the resume from sleep problem that board is having. Using a PCIe graphics card instead of the onboard mGPU could very well solve that problem though, so we’ll see.
I’ll try and get some numbers on these things once they’re in place and running, but I was happy with what I walked away with for (potentially) under $50.