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Replacing my P5QL Pro (but with what?)

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March 30, 2011 9:34:03 PM

I've got a pc using an ASUS P5QL Pro. I wan't to upgrade some things and I've gotten it into my head that I want to mess around with a raid0 setup. However it turns out that raid0 isn't part of the options for this mobo. So I'm thinking I might as well replace the mobo as well.

Main things I want to keep: cpu and memory. I'd prefer to get another ASUS again as those seem to be easiest to get around here.

System specs:

CPU - Intel Core2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00 GHz
Memory - 6.00 GB Corsair DDR PC2-5300 (one pair of 1 gb and one pair of 2 gb)
Graphics card - NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GT 1024 MB
OS - Win7 64bit

Don't know if anything else really matters?

Thanks for the help!

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March 30, 2011 11:32:19 PM

That's a VERY good board that you have. If you want to mess around with RAID, just buy a PCI or PCIe RAID card. LGA775 is become harder and harder to find, and with the card, if a future setup of yours doesn't have RAID, the card can be used in that too.
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March 30, 2011 11:45:53 PM

You can get a cheap PCI RAID Controller. Otherwise the ASUS P5E3 PRO it has the Intel X48/ICH9R for RAID 0/1/5/10 - BUT it requires DDR3 RAM.
Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,65W,rev.E0) 1.02G 0304
Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:6MB,rev.C0) 1.02G 0304

Newegg -
Amazon - N/A
Cenfonix -

PCI RAID - Example
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March 30, 2011 11:49:23 PM

rogier said:
Don't know if anything else really matters?
What Power Supply are you using or are you going to upgrade it?

Have you considered just adding a RAID card? It would save you a lot of money, and you probably have an open PCIe slot.

I'm not trying to talk you out of upgrading if that's what you want to do. Here is the only ASUS board around with RAID0, LGA775, ATX...and it's out of stock.
This Supermicro is a decent board.
March 31, 2011 6:25:06 AM

Thanks guys. It seems like the Raid card is the most viable option, saving me both time and money. Is my understanding correct that I just plug it in, attach the hdd to it and set it up for raid 0?

With the raid card it seems like the only thing I'll really need to update is my graphics card :D 
March 31, 2011 11:27:27 AM

Nice, it turns out Newegg doesn't ship internationally. The choic over here in the Netherlands isn't that great as raid controllers go. I found this one:
Dawicontrol DC-154 RAID
Type: Serial ATA
Interface: PCI
External connections: 2 x Serial-ATA
Internal connections: 4 x Serial-ATA
Protocol: Serial ATA/150
Max. transferrate: 150 MBps, 1,5 Gbps
Chip: Sil3114
Channels: 4
RAID Level: 0, 1, 5, 10
PCI 32 bit, 33 MHz
3,3 Volt en 5 Volt

Think this'll be okay to use?
March 31, 2011 2:41:19 PM

this might sound stupid but they have a bulk version and a retail version, what's the difference? The specs seem to bed the same.
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March 31, 2011 7:57:59 PM

retail version has the CD with the drivers on it, and cables if there are any.
Bulk means; OEM, Bare, no extras.
Usually you don't need the extras, drivers for example, can often be downloaded from the mfgr website.
March 31, 2011 8:11:27 PM

Thanks for the help guys. I've ordered that card. I'll probably be back shortly with millions of questions on what I'm doing wrong with my raid setup :D  :D 
April 7, 2011 7:07:46 AM

Thought it would be nice to let you guys know how this worked out.

I received the controller and the two 500Gb drives I wanted to use for my setup. Plugged in the controller, plugged the drives into the into the controller and.... it worked. Booted the pc and got the option to go into the raid controller setup and from there is was just a matter of selecting the drives, choosing the raid (raid 0) and the stripe size.

After that I booted into my 3rd drive which had win 7 installed on in and from there I installed win 7 on the raid drive. Rebooted once again into the win7 installation on the raid setup. No problems.

In the end it was a lot easier than I expected. Now on to my next project.... NAS
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April 7, 2011 10:19:34 AM

:)  I'm happy for you.
It doesn't always go so easily for some people; you have common sense.
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April 7, 2011 3:08:52 PM

Cool! Glad to hear & Good Luck with NAS! :) 
April 11, 2011 5:43:17 PM

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