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Bought 2 60gb Mushkin SSDs, Need Advice on Setup

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Hi all,

I just picked up 2 60gb Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSDs over the weekend. They were on sale for $89.99 each. I have a few questions on how to proceed with them. I have 3 different scenarios to choose from:

Scenario A - RAID 0 these drives
1) I would lose TRIM, but is it still that important with the longevity of newer SSDs? Is the garbage collection good enough?

2) I currently have a RAID 1 setup with two 1.5tb Caviar Blacks on my Intel controller. Can I add the two ssds to that controller and have both a RAID 0 SSD array with a RAID 1 HDD array? Or do I need to move the HDDs to the Marvell controller?

Scenario B - Use Both SSD, but not RAID
1) Again, can I use the Intel Controller for all SSDs and HDDs? In this case, can AHCI (for SSDs) be used with RAID mode (for HDDs)?

Scenario C - Return 1 SSD, Upgrade sound card or something else
- Return 1 of the SSDs, and upgrade my sound card to Sound Blaster X-FI TITANIUM Fatality PRO ($129.99). I think the SSD I got was a pretty good price so I feel like it would be a waste to return one of them. And I guess I could wait to upgrade my sound card.

In this case, I can utilize TRIM for the one ssd but,
1) Would 60gb be enough? I'm would be running Office 2010, Photoshop CS5, Firefox, NBA2K11, and PS3 Media Server (with media files on HDD of course)
2) Do I just disconnect my HDDs, install Windows 7 onto the SSD, and then plug my HDDs back in after?
3) And again, can I use the Intel controller for my SSD and HDDs?
4) Will I need to back up my HDD, recreate my raid 1 setup and then reload my backed up files?

Appreciate the help!
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Return one, get something else.
This coming from the Mushkin fanatic.
    
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I say RAID them for more performance
     
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B or C.
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