I have not used a areca controller in a long time, so I can not speak for them. My company does not carry them. We do carry 3ware, Adaptec, LSI, and Intel. That LSI card on ebay looks like a good card for $139. I have not used that exact card though so I do not know how fast it is. Thge cablw is not hard to find, its just a 8087 (internal) and should not cost you too much.