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.
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
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.
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. http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=dsHHbxSbteKInuLB
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
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
External connections: 2 x Serial-ATA
Internal connections: 4 x Serial-ATA
Protocol: Serial ATA/150
Max. transferrate: 150 MBps, 1,5 Gbps
RAID Level: 0, 1, 5, 10
PCI 32 bit, 33 MHz
3,3 Volt en 5 Volt
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.
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