I am in the process of building what will act as a HTPC and gaming PC for the house. Steam with high-end FPSs/XBMC/AirServer. You get the idea; Projected budget is ~$1k.
We are looking at i7 (LGA 1155) with 1 boot 128GB SSD (We have lots of office horror stories of failures >256 and 100% failure rate of 512s. That's my 2¢). I am currently looking at mass-mass-storage in the way of 1TB SATA III. I have a NAS at home and I really enjoy RAID 5's redundancy and size combination benefit. I am aware most are transitioning to RAID 6, but I am indifferent between the two.
Does anyone have a specific recommendation for a <$300 board with LGA 1155, good/simple RAID 5 or 6 support, HDMI, and at least 4 SATA III ports?
Do you recommend using a PCI card for this purpose? Which?
(EDIT: Host OS will be Win 7x64, but I'd prefer to be able to obfuscate the RAID from the OS: I've had bad experiences with Software RAID in the past.)
But there are pro and con to it
- Support only up to 5 drives
- There is no expansion feature
- Only goes as fast as 250MB/sec
- Independent from OS
- Only need SATA port
- Less then $100.00
- Support Multiple controllers
If you need a faster and eight drives then use ARECA hardware RAID