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So I got a sweet deal on two Raptor X's very recently for my new rig that's close to finish. This is my first attempt at setting up a RAID configuration in a rig.

Quick list of rig info:

MB ASUS P5GZ-MX 945GZ 775
CPU INTEL Pentium D 915 2.8G 775 65nm
2 Sticks of 512mb Corsair PC2 4200 DDR 2
Lite-On DVD-RW Drive with Lightscribe
2 Raptor X HDDs


I'm pretty sure my mobo is lacking a raid controller and putting these HDDs in software RAID whouldn't make great use of them together in raid (im assuming)

My mobo seems to lack a PCIe slot so I guess I'm stuck with a need for a PCI standard slot RAID controller card. I plan to replace the mobo/processor near around maybe Q3 when the Quad-cores come down more in price.

My questions would be:
Will this bottleneck anywhere?
What RAID card would u recommend?
post #2 of 4
A bottleneck may occur on the PCI bus since it is limited to 133MB/s to all devices on the bus. Also, a dumb RAID card will utilize your CPU so expect a 3-5% hit there as well.
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Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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If you motherboard supports RAID, then use that until you upgrade to a motherboard with a PCI Express slot.
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It doesn't. I might just have to settle for software raid untill I upgrade later and get a mobo that supports it.

Started looking for a new mobo and this looks like a winner for my situation:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128012

My questions is would that mobo support my DDR2 533?



*sorta bump*

Just spent about $675 on newegg for new mobo, monitor, ram, and video card.

I skimped on the vid card because I plan to upgrade to a quad core and dx10 card later.

SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102022

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128012

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231114

SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001096


I'm pretty happy and can't wait to start putting it together!

I don't have 35 rep to list in for sale some the parts I wont need now but the old mobo, ram, case, PSupply are all gonna go. PM if interested.
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