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Hello all,

I am currently in the middle of a new system build and it has been brought to may attention that I should get a raid card for my drives so I don't bottleneck or fry my onboard raid controller. I would like something most likely with sata III so it could be used for newer drives. I am willing to spend a few hundred but I would like to keep it reasonable. Below is my current components:

i7 980x
Asus RIIIE
4x 120gb ssds, one is a Mushkin Costello and the other 3 are corsair f-120 I would liek them in raid 0
4x WD 640 black edition
2x sapphire 6970s
1x lg blue-ray burner
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post #2 of 6
Going by the fact that you specified i7 980X, I can infer that your on-board controller will be an Intel ICH10R. This particular controller is probably the best on-board controller available, and allegedly can pull 700MB/s+ with three SSDs. You won't "fry" it.

The real question is: what is your usage scenario? Apart from the fact that the ICH10R only has six ports (so you'll need another HBA anyway), what are your intentions for all of your drives?
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Well the board has 9 sata ports, one on JMB363, 2two on the Marvell® 9128 and then the 6 on the ICH10R. If I stay with on board I will have the 4 ssds on the ICH10R in raid 0, then have 2 640s in raid 0 on the controller. The other two can go on the Marvell and finally the b-ray drive on the JMB363. I will be using the ssds as my primary with some higher end games/programs. One set of raided 640s will be for torrents and other files while the other raid will be for the rest of my installations.
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post #4 of 6
you will almost certainly get better performance from a 3-drive SSD array rather than a 4-drive one on the ICH10R.

I also wouldn't put your torrent drives etc into RAID either.
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Originally Posted by the_beast View Post
you will almost certainly get better performance from a 3-drive SSD array rather than a 4-drive one on the ICH10R.

I also wouldn't put your torrent drives etc into RAID either.
In my current setup I am using a similar setup except the ssds. I have 4 640s in two raid 0 and it seems to work fine. I also tend to store videos that I am editing on it and some virtual machines. It is nice to have the performance boost from the raid 0 and the larger capacity.

If the 3 ssds would be better than four I might just use one in my laptop then raid the 3 ssds and raid 3 of the 640s for a mix of torrents and programs and have the other 640 as just a drive for putting vms on.
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4x 120gb SSD Raid 0 4x WD 640GB Raid0 1x LG BH10LS30 Windows 7 x64 3x Dell 23" P2310H and 1x 22'' Samsung 
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Originally Posted by zaraki1311 View Post
If the 3 ssds would be better than four I might just use one in my laptop then raid the 3 ssds and raid 3 of the 640s for a mix of torrents and programs and have the other 640 as just a drive for putting vms on.
If you have another use for your 4th SSD then this would definitely be the way to go.

I would also RAID just 2 of your 640s for programs, put torrents on the 3rd and VMs on the 4th. You will likely get more performance this way - you won't tie up your program's array with the low priority I/O from the torrents.
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