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Best setup for a system with SSD Boot Drive and HDDs in RAID0

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Right now I've got an OCZ Vertex 2 60Gb as a boot drive hooked up to one of the Intel SATA 3 ports, and I've got 2 WD Caviar Black 1Tb HDDs hooked up to the Marvell ports in a RAID0 configuration (Also SATA 3). I did it this way because I wanted to maximize performance and keep costs down. The RAID0 basically stores most of the programs and games. I mainly use this rig as a gaming machine, so I'm not too worried about redundancy. I also have a 1.5Tb external drive I use that to store my pics, videos, docs, music, etc.

Now, what I'm wondering is should I have put those 2 WD HDDs on the Intel ports along with my SSD boot drive and RAID them there, since from what I've heard, the Intel ports are much better and are hardware based, as opposed to the Marvell ones which are software(?). I could be wrong on this, but that's why I'm asking. I want to maximize the performance of this rig.

Also, when I was setting it up initially, I had put the HDDs on the Intel ports but had trouble running them with the SSD because I set them to run in AHCI mode, so I couldn't obviously RAID the Hard disks. Is it possible to run those 2 disk drives in RAID0 along with the SSD as a boot drive only on the Intel ports? If I set them to RAID will that effect the performance of the SSD (in regards to TRIM and throughput performance)?

Thanks in advance guys.

P.S. I am so bummed about the impending Intel recall on the P67 chipsets. I just finished building this rig too, and it's so bada**.
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P.S. I am so bummed about the impending Intel recall on the P67 chipsets. I just finished building this rig too, and it's so bada**.
Sigh....
People are blowing it out of proportion. You're fine.
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Also, when I was setting it up initially, I had put the HDDs on the Intel ports but had trouble running them with the SSD because I set them to run in AHCI mode, so I couldn't obviously RAID the Hard disks. Is it possible to run those 2 disk drives in RAID0 along with the SSD as a boot drive only on the Intel ports? If I set them to RAID will that effect the performance of the SSD (in regards to TRIM and throughput performance)?
My board has 5 sata ports and only allows me to set sata 1-3 into AHCI, RAID, or IDE and sata 4+5 only RAID and IDE. I was planning on setting up my drives as follows:

sata 1: ssd
sata 2: hdd 1
sata 3: hdd 2
sata 4: hdd 3
sata 5: DVD

sata 1-3 would be in AHCI mode to get the ssd benefits, but i was planning on doing RAID 0 for hdd 1+2 and sata 4+5 would be IDE so my DVD drive works and hdd 3 is only for data. but the OP is saying you cant RAID in AHCI mode?!??!?! CRAP

Am I missing something here?
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