Originally posted by norcal313
As for 2 HDs in RAID, is there anything I have to do to setup RAID? I'm sure it's not as easy as hooking both up and just running the machine.
edit: Another thing, I am a bit ignorant with the hype over these fast HDs, do I really need a super fast HD for my computer if my main focus is just gaming? Will it have an impact on my gameplay at all? Or is this just a matter of being able to load a program a tad bit faster than normal?
Yes, refer to the boards manual on how to set up RAID.
You will also need the RAID Drivers ready when you install windows.
The basic process is this. Enable RAID through CMOS. Enter RAID Setup Utility, Select what Level RAID then Add both Drives to the Array. Then Start settings up windows, windows will request the RAID Drivers. At this screen you incert the floppy or disc they are on. You can also intergrate the Drivers into the OS using Nlite.
Raptors are not needed. Two SATA Drives w/16 MB cache's is more then enough. But if you have the money then theres no reason not to buy raptors, just make sure they have their own cooling.
Please Remember that RAID 0 IS NOT fault tolerant therefore you will need to back up important Data Often.