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I require assistance: I have never setup a RAID array before, and I think what I am wanting to do may not be possible.

Z87 chipset, Maximus VI Impact, 4 SATA Ports

I have already screwed up and installed Windows 8 in AHCI mode. Before I go through the effort of re-installing under RAID mode, let me make sure the following is possible:

Port 1: Boot SSD
Port 2: HDD 1 (For RAID 1)
Port 3: HDD 2 (For RADI 1)
Port 4: Spare (Eventually a Mechanical backup for SSD)

Can I setup the disks as above when the chipset is set to RAID mode? That is, only 2 of the 4 ports are on a RAID array, the others are free agents? Or must I resort to Software RAID?

Will I lose the benefit of AHCI (Such as NCQ for the HDDs) by switching the chipset to RAID mode?

Mobo manual has a large note saying setting the SATA config to RAID mode sets all ports to RAID due to chipset limitation.
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New Belle
(10 items)
 
ImPA120.3
(13 items)
 
Old Rig
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k Asus Maximus VI Impact 780 Ti Crucial 16GB Low Profile 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung Evo 1TB Seagate 2x2TB Raid 1 Samsung 1TB 2.5" Custom 360 Rad 
OSPower
Windows 8 Pro evga supernova 1300 G2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X3350 Maximus Formula HD 4850 8GB G.Skill 1000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
640GB WD Black Samsung SATA 7 64 Ultimate 20" Acer WS 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco 104 Cherry Brown Corsair 520HX Three Hundred MX310 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon XP 2800+ Asus A7V8X-LA X850Pro 1GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
120GB Caviar XP Home 32 20" 1680x1050 Acer Compaq 
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Modded HIPRO 250w Modded Compaq Microsoft Optical 
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