System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, virtual servers, streaming movies, surfing internet, web development, storage.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, SSDs, RAID Controller
I have a 750w Modular PSU from OCZ, not sure of the exact model. I also have a GTX 590 Card that I will be using.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon
Location: Schaumburg, IL (Chicago Area)
Parts Preferences: Intel Core i7 LGA 2011
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: I have two 1920x1080 monitors, each is 23" display.
Additional Comments: Will be playing BF3, FarCry, and using VirtualBox.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a system that maximizes the potential of SSD's, perhaps 8 of them in RAID 0? Coupled with a lot of storage on 2 or 3 TB drives. This should be the ultimate machine built for speed.
Using 8 SSD's in a single RAID 0 will be HIGHLY prone to failing. You have a large number of drives with zero redundancy. At a bare minimum, use RAID 5. RAID 10 is even safer but probably overkill for a gaming machine.
What makes you think the SATA bus controller is the bottleneck? SSD does not really ever reach the 6.0 Gbps rate that SATA 3 provides.
Is there a drastic difference in performance when using RAID 5 vs 0? I am not really worried about failure or losing data, but having to rebuild the system all the time would get annoying, if it happened regularly. There will pretty much only be a copy of Windows, BF3, and Adobe Master Collection saved to the RAID 0 Array. All else, I would consider a RAID 5 of like 2TB drives or something to that effect for redundancy.
I checked into this, I think I will go with either RAID 5 or 6, to at least ensure that I don't have to rebuild the entire software system so often and I think with 8 drives, I won't suffer too much from a performance standpoint. Please let me know if there are any other questions you have.