Originally Posted by Chozart
All modern motherboards have onboard SATA connectors. You can connect the hard drives and DVD burner directly to the motherboard. The ASUS motherboard we're looking at now can accomodate up to 6 (six) SATA drives, including RAID options, and up to 2 (two) IDE devices (DVD, CD, an old IDE hard drive, etc.)
You are correct about the speed differences between the Raptors and RAID0 with SATA II drives. Given that it's easy to swing either way, I'd prefer the SATA II's, since it's cheaper, especially in terms of cost per GB.
Just curious: which state do you live in? This matters a great deal when shopping online. When I buy from Tigerdirect for example, I'd have to pay sales tax, since they have shops in Illinois. However, with Newegg, I don't pay sales tax!
I'm in NY, so this custom build stuff is becoming more attractive as I get more and more info from you guys. No tax? That's sound nice to me!
So the cables are all included with the components, ok. That means my initial estimate of $200 for cables, cords, and a case was a bit too much. I can probably shave off another $75 and still manage to get a decent case for $125. Although the Thermaltake ArmorSeries case you mentioned is up there at $180. That thing looks like it's built for world war 3. Is it bullet proof? I don't plan on going off-roading with my PC in the back seat, so I may settle for something a bit less intimidating