Finally starting to look to the end of my build, first computer in nearly 6 years since my divorce, so to say I'm happy is an understatement! Anyways, here's what I have so far..
Intel Core I7 2600K
Zalman CNPS9500 HS
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe mobo
GSkill Ripjaw DDR3-2300, (4 sticks), 16Gb
EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580
Seasonic X-750 PSU
HT Omega Claro+ 7.1 sound card
ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD drive
Zalman Z9 Plus Midtower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
So now I've finally decided on the hard drives, going with 2 OWC Mercury Extreme 6G SSD's (240Gb) in a RAID 0. Shooting for pure performance with this array with faster boot times and application loadings. I debated getting a REVO drive, however the reviews from multiple locations have told me to hold off. So I'm left how to partition the RAID 0 as it would be used for the OS and a few games. I've been scouring the web to try and find information on setting up a RAID with these drives, but to no avail. I'm also curious about setting up a couple mechanical HDD's for a second RAID 5 setup in the machine strictly to protect my data, preferably using a few hard drives that are reliable. (is that even possible?) However reading some of the reviews on Newegg of the higher capacity drives, very few last long (especially the 3Tb's). I'm curious if I use the onboard Intel 6G ports for the RAID 0 array, do I have to use an onboard RAID card for the RAID 5 setup? What would I be able to use in such a circumstance? Normally I wouldn't go for such a lavish setup, however I lost a drive a few years ago, and don't EVER want it to happen again! So I'm willing to jump through whatever hoops to keep my data safe. After reading about the spreading out of data over a RAID 0, I figure if I lose a drive it's gone anyways, so why not make it two?