I am really think about investing in the following:
Areca ARC-1210 for $319.99
or perhaps open box for only $260.99
(what do you think?) Here it is for only $285.99
But do I really need a $300 RAID controller for a 2-4 drive RAID0 array? How much faster / safer will it be?
Then for the HDD's I cannot make up my mind between
4 - WD360ADFD (36GB 16MB 10,000RPM) $99 each
2 to 4 - WD740ADFD (74GB 16MB 10,000RPM) $140 each (after rebate)
2 to 4 - WD1500ADFD (150GB 16MB 10,000RPM) $170 each (after rebate)
4 - WD2500KS (250GB 16MB 7200 RPM) $68 each
All have free shipping.
Drive space really isn't an issue as I have not even used half of my 74GB Raptor yet. Speed and Price / Performance is my only concern.
I will also have to get a new PSU. That will come in the form of a PC Power and Cooling 750 Silencer...
Any insightful thoughts?
As a further note... Will the PCI Express interface of the RAID controller negatively effect my video card?