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February 14, 2011 12:21:31 AM

I'm new to raid configs etc so bare with me, this is planned for a raid 0 setup (I back up online via sugarsync so I don't care about one drive going down):

Does this motherboard have an onboard raid controller?

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be using 2 of these:
HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was planning on getting 8gigs of ram. What is the fastest type that this motherboard supports?

I won't be overclocking etc.

I will be using this CPU:
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W
Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBR BOX

I'll be using Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I already have a graphics card I will be pulling from my old rig.

It is a GFX 8800GS. How much will it benefit me if I buy another one for SLI? I am not a gamer, its for video processing, not 3d etc.

Any help will be appreciated!

I only have a 500 watt power supply. Is that enough?
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February 15, 2011 2:38:32 PM

Answers:

1) Yes the board supports SATA RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD (Just a bunch of disks)
2) Yes the HDDs will be fine. However, consider the 1TB HDDs that have greater reliability.
3) Memory - 4 slots - DDR3 2000(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066
4) The AMD that you have chosen is Socket AM3 compatible with the motherboard.
5) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit will be great.
6) Instead of getting another video card, look into some of the latest high performance video cards.
7) The 500 Watts PSU will be ok for one video card. Since you are taking a big step in your upgrade, get a Corsair HX-850 Watts PSU suitable for future add-ons. Slight overkill, but worth it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am glad that you realize that RAID is not a substitute for frequent backups!

Good luck!
February 15, 2011 4:39:10 PM

Thanks!

I will drop down to 1 tb drives.

I was thinking of getting a little SSD for the OS and programs.

So perhaps a 64 gig SSD for that and two 1 tb drives?

Will the raid 0 still work/give me the speed when working with video and music production?

The program will be on the SSD, and the files I will be manipulating will be on the raid disks.

RE the video card, I only need good 2d performance. Are there dedicated cards for processing playing back video with massive resolutions (4096x2440)?

It's not a gaming rig.
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