I've spent several hours trying to determine the different price points when it comes to RAID cards. About a month ago I built my first computer and the people on this forum was great to help me sort through some issues I was having. Anyhow, I have an i7-875k which I've managed to get runnning at a little over 4 Ghz, a P55-GD65 mobo, 3 Corsair V64 SSDs, and 4 TB Seagate 7200.12 HDDs.
I primarily do a lot of database work and video editing and intended to use the SSDs in RAID 0 for all my applications and the HDDs for all my data (a 1TB array would be large enough). The problem is that I have 7 SATA ports on the mobo, but one is on a seperate controller so I recently figured out that I have an extra drive. Now I think I'm faced with three options:
1. RAID each of the three set of drives together and keep the other HDD to periodically backup everything. (Routine backups are made to a WD exteral 1.5 TB.)
2. Buy another RAID card and build the two RAID arrays using all 7 drives. (I'd like to keep it under $100.)
3. Take the extra drive back to the store.
I just learned of RAID capabilities a few months ago and I'm pretty curious. I think if I end up buying a seperate card, I'll start buying extra drives to fill the slots for the heck of it.