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I am considering setting my current system up in RAID 0.
I have never bought a RAID controler before and I was wondering what I should look for in my PCI card.
(Card suggestions would be nice too)
I don't want the extra fancy one, just one that will get the job done.
It will have two 250 gig hd attached to it (standard HDs, not raptors)

EDIT:
I will be installing Vista Business 64
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Hmmm well the PCI bus is gonna bottleneck that RAID array in a bad way.

Your best bet is possible is either PCIe (like the Areca 1210) or PCIX on a mobo with the 64 bit PCIX interface.

Although there are quite a few PCIeX cards i would not reccomend them.

In general if you can't pop $400 on a hardware RAID 5 card then almost any lower priced card would be okay. They all have their limitations but the benefit is you can run RAID on your non RAID mobo. Search NewEgg for SATA RAID Card and you will find a vast number of inexpensive cards...read the reviews and make some conclusions..none of these cheaper cards are great--but you will get to learn something and have some fun and somewhat improved speed.
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it would be better to use a PCI Express one i you want the best performance for a RAID-0 prepferably one that runs on a 1x or 4x....they even have ones that run on 8x.
 
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Well, I do have a 1x PCI-E free...So I will look into getting a card for that.
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Well, it seems that there are FEW reviews for any of the 1x cards that would work.

After I search a little more, Ill post a few up that I thought might work.

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