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Skip the 5i and go with the PERC 6i. Not that much more but better all around. The one thing to know about the 6i (and even the 5i) is that drives larger than 2TB won't work.

Like these? biggrin.gif

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-T954J-E2K-UCP-61-B-Poweredge-Perc-6i-PCI-e-X8-SAS-RAID-Controller-Card-/331137570061?pt=US_Server_Disk_Controllers_RAID_Cards&hash=item4d1956550d

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Poweredge-PCI-E-SAS-RAID-Controller-T774H-PERC-6-I-E2K-UCP-61-B-WY335-DX481-/121285389366?pt=US_Server_Disk_Controllers_RAID_Cards&hash=item1c3d2c2c36

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Standard-Height-Bracket-for-Dell-PERC-H700-H800-6i-6ir-6e-5i-/261402793831?pt=US_Server_Disk_Controllers_RAID_Cards&hash=item3cdcd21767

EDIT: is this the same thing but, on a removable frame?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-PowerEdge-PERC-6i-SAS-SATA-RAID-Controller-Battery-Cables-WY335-H726F-/310881748340?pt=US_Server_Disk_Controllers_RAID_Cards&hash=item4861ff0574

batteries are pricey and when i look for cables this comes up. do they sell :normal" breakout cables?


EDIT: there , i just need 2 cables like this one. is there a name for them?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RAID-CARD-Dell-PERC-6-I-SAS-Controller-DP-N-T774H-Board-and-Cables-battery-/121288253589?pt=US_Server_Disk_Controllers_RAID_Cards&hash=item1c3d57e095
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That "removable frame" is called a sled, and is designed for use in specific Dell servers. You can pull the card off the sled and add the PCI bracket with a screwdriver.

The cables you are need are SFF-8484 breakout cables. SFF-8484 is the type of connection needed to the card.
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That 2TB limit is going to be an issue though...


The sweet spot for HDDs in terms of space/dollar is 3TB now.
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A 3TB drive is over 199 USD. i'll probably just some 73gb or 146gb drives a few time fir like around 15 bucks or maybe some freebies. ill never be able to afford big boy drives even if i save. also i could never need more than 1-3TB after raid. at least not this time. i only have 1x 64gb VM and a few small game servers. with an acceptable raid i would ave room for more VM if ever need be or maybe a small file server or what not. i think for those a uses a 1 or 2 TB total would work well.

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A 3TB drive is over 199 USD. i'll probably just some 73gb or 146gb drives a few time fir like around 15 bucks or maybe some freebies. ill never be able to afford big boy drives even if i save. also i could never need more than 1-3TB after raid. at least not this time. i only have 1x 64gb VM and a few small game servers. with an acceptable raid i would ave room for more VM if ever need be or maybe a small file server or what not. i think for those a uses a 1 or 2 TB total would work well.

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Huh? You can find 3TB HDDs for $90-100 easily. The Seagate 7200.14 is $100 on Newegg right now.

150GB for $15 is a rip-off since that is 10GB/$1.
A ~3000GB for $100 is 30GB/$1.
A ~2000GB for $75 is 26GB/$1.

If you only need 1-2TBs.... then get 2x2TB in RAID0.
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Sorry duckie but, RAID 0 is a definite no go. I haven't had any good luck with RAID 0 and 1 as far software raids go. think i'll get the PERC 6i. I was thinking getting some cheap LOTs for 73/72 or 146gb SAS 10K drives. However i didn't think of 7200 RPM drives. i'm assuming we are talking about 2.5" 7200 RPM drives, in which case that's tempting deal specially if the price goes down by the time i can get some drives. I like the idea of running some sort of multi drive raid, this would be a good way to get acquainted with RAID and have some fun at the same time.
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Sorry duckie but, RAID 0 is a definite no go. I haven't had any good luck with RAID 0 and 1 as far software raids go. think i'll get the PERC 6i. I was thinking getting some cheap LOTs for 73/72 or 146gb SAS 10K drives. However i didn't think of 7200 RPM drives. i'm assuming we are talking about 2.5" 7200 RPM drives, in which case that's tempting deal specially if the price goes down by the time i can get some drives. I like the idea of running some sort of multi drive raid, this would be a good way to get acquainted with RAID and have some fun at the same time.

That argument does not make sense...

It would be better to run 3x2TB RAID5 than a bunch of old/used 146GB SAS HDDs on drop-in RAID controller. It would be more reliable, cheaper upfront, cheaper in power usage, take up less space, and generate less noise.... while still being cheaper in cost.
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well they are sol old and cheap i could buy a few at a time for like 10-15 bucks since that's about all i ever have at 1 time. if don't get some freebies i'll probably try to do what you just said come christmas time. assuming i don't jump for a new video card. (for my sig rig)
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well they are sol old and cheap i could buy a few at a time for like 10-15 bucks since that's about all i ever have at 1 time. if don't get some freebies i'll probably try to do what you just said come christmas time. assuming i don't jump for a new video card. (for my sig rig)

So you want to spend $100 on a RAID controller and get $15 old, power-hungry, and more expensive 150GB HDDs?

An 8-port SAS controller and 8x150GB HDDs in RAID5..... that's 1TB for $220.
An on-board controller and 2x2TB HDDs in RAID0.... that's 2TB for $160 while being more reliable and use less power
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no i can get a PERC 6i for $60 or under. i can get the card with battery for 32 bucks. then bracket and 2 cables, each item 1 at a time when i have money. How much are used Terbyte(s) drives? The real question is if i do a raid 5 3 drives i can add more drives later? I do plan on getting a PERC 6i since it's so cheap and supposedly true hardware raid card.
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