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Just purchased C300, need advice for X58 and RAID.

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I just ordered a 128 C300 for an OS drive and I'm wondering the best way to set it up with my current system.

relevant specs:
Asus P6X58D Premium
4x 1tb Samsung Spinpoint F3's in RAID 10 on ICH10R
1x additional non RAID member on the ICH10R
2x optical on the marvell 6g ports

So my situation is this, I want to keep my RAID config, but I also want to get the most out of this drive. I am thinking about buying this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816118107 to move my RAID over to, so that I free up the bandwith of the ICH10R, as well as being able to put the ICH10R in AHCI mode, so that trim works.

If I buy that card what is the best way to implement it? Would it be better to put the ssd on the LSI, and for-go TRIM?

Should I move the RAID over to the LSI and put the SSD on the ICH10R?

Should I just put the SSD on one of the onboard marvell ports, also for-going TRIM?

Will leaving the RAID on the ICH10R AND putting the SSD on it kill performance?

Should I skip the LSI? is it overkill?

What is the best option?

Thanks for any help/advice.
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Do not use the Marvel port, to many people have to many problems with the Marvell 6Gb/s ports on Asus X58 boards.

Put the SSD on the Intel ports and install the latest ICH10R driver, this way the SSD can be set to AHCI and you will have trim.

I have this LSI/3ware card, the specs seem the same as the one you linked, but this one is on sale for less than the one you linked.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816116109

You will need a separate SATA cable for either card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816116097

When using the card in RAID a BBU is recommened and this is the one for the 9750-4i
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ID%20LSIiBBU07
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OS SSD 840 Pro 256GB / FSX SSD 840 Pro 256GB LG DVD Thermalright SB-E x2 Win7 Ult 64b 
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4770K @ 4.7GHz / 4400MHz Asus Sabertooth Z87 Gigabyte GTX 780 OC 8GB G.Skill Trident X 9-11-11-31-1T @ 2400MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OS SSD 840 Pro 256GB / FSX SSD 840 Pro 256GB LG DVD Thermalright SB-E x2 Win7 Ult 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic VP2655wb 25.5" IPS LCD Logitech Wireless EX1110 w/Mouse Corsair AX860i CM HAF-X 
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Thanks for the advice.

The difference between the one you posted and the one I did is the fan out cable is included in the more expensive one. I actually have a code for %15 off of a lot of those RAID cards at newegg, so i went ahead and ordered it. It was about $280 with the code.

I plan on doing what you suggested, moving the RAID array over to the new controller, putting the ssd on the ICH10R and unhooking everything from the marvell controller and disabling it. I read somewhere that having the marvell controller enabled takes away bandwidth from the PCIe lanes.

Anyway I guess I will hook it up and post results after I do. I still might try and hook the ssd up to the LSI and just seeing what kind of performance I get vs the ICH10R.
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