Hey all! Just finishing building my HTPC.
Here are my Specs:
Case: Silverstone Grandia GD06 HTPC Case
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MB: Asus MAXIMUS V GENE Z77
RAM: Corsair Vengence 16GB DDR3 1600
SSD: Samsung 840 120GB
HD: 3 x Western Digital Red 3TB
BD: LG CH12LS28
My goal is to have the 3 HDDs in a RAID5 on the Intel Chipset SATA slots along with the SSD. Obviously the OS will be on the SSD. Now I've heard plenty of good things about Intel Smart Response Technology. Is it beneficial to even do this, that way ~64GB of the SSD will be a cache for the "hot" files off of the HDDs RAID array. Or is it really just to much hassle for what it's worth.
Also I've read there is a very particular way of setting this up, and in some cases it actually hinders write speeds in a RAID5 array.