Christmas is coming up and I'm thinking about getting a couple of raptors for my gaming rig as the next upgrade (along with an 8800 GTX water-cooled edition
). With a couple of raptors I can put it in a RAID 0 config for higher performance, no? What I'm wondering is if I have to buy a RAID controller or if my mother board has one built it. What makes me think this is because every time I boot my computer it says something like "Press F7 to load RAID drivers" or something. I can't really remember. My mobo is a DFI lanparty nf4 UT expert. On a specification sheet it says this:
Serial ATA with RAID
# Four Serial ATA ports supported by the nForce4 SLI chip - SATA speed up to 3Gb/s - RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD - NVIDIA RAID allows RAID arrays spanning across Serial ATA and Parallel ATA
# Four Serial ATA ports supported by the Silicon Image Sil 3114 chip - SATA speed up to 1.5Gb/s - RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5
I don't know what a lot of this means, but I'm lead to believe that on some mobo chip there is built in support for RAID.
I'm getting two of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136054
I've picked low capacity because of the price, and there are two of them anyway so it's actually 72 GB not 36 GB even when in RAID 0 (right?). I will still have my 180 GB hard drive which is what I call high capacity, even though by today's standards it's nothing.
If my mobo doesn't have a raid controller built on, what is a good one to with in an affordable price range? I have no idea how much one can cost, but I was hoping no not spend more than $70-80?
Also, in RAID 0 the OS actually sees the two drives as one correct? For example, I will have three hard drives... ahh screw it I can spend 5 minutes in photoshop and make a diagram thats more clear and less time consuming for all of us.
So that's correct right? So, for stuff like movies, music, pictures, crappy games (ie diablo 2, starcraft, halo 1), etc can go on C:\. New games (Everquest 2........ thats all I can think of right now LOL) can go on drive D:\ for the added performance, right? Oh, and the OS can go on drive D:\.
Any comments/feedback is appreciated. Tell me if I'm totally lost or not lol.
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