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most boards can do raid with the onboard controllers

newegg or microcenter have dvd burners for around $20
keep an eye out for them
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yea, but the onboard raid controllers are typically limited to certain specifics like only doing raid 0 or 1 from what i've seen, unless they've gotten better? and i'm assuming that just like integrated graphics it uses the CPU for those extra functions?

the newegg warehouse is here in NJ, so i have to pay tax and shipping AND wait forever for it to ship. which sucks because its only like an hour away, and they dont allow pickups. Nearest Microcenter i can find is about an hour away too.

as long as i get a quality name brand DVD writer i should be fine right? i have an HP right now, and its done the job for the past 5 years or so. how are lite-on DVD drives? fairly sure they have those on base at the BX.
post #13 of 15
A decent motherboard can handle most raid situations just fine if you have enough SATA connectors on board. When looking for the DVD drive, just steer clear of no name drives. Asus sales an Oem drive available just about everywhere that is a DVDRW SATA that usually is the target of a fire-sale at microcenter or fry's and can be found for 10-20 bucks. It works like it should.
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alright, i'll keep a look out for one locally. thanks! had no idea ASUS made drives, typically when i think of ASUS i think Mobo or vid cards lol
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yea, but the onboard raid controllers are typically limited to certain specifics like only doing raid 0 or 1 from what i've seen, unless they've gotten better? and i'm assuming that just like integrated graphics it uses the CPU for those extra functions?
It is the south bridge that carries the load for Raid, and most offer 0/1/5/10 which is plenty. Raid 10 is really the biggest I have seen budget pc's push for, 2 sets of raid 1 coupled by raid 0 for speed. But nowadays we have SSD's which in a single drive mode are usually faster than a spinning set of raid 0's. Now if you are a complete speed freak you can raid your SSD's, but then we need a much better Video card and processor to justify those speeds.
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