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Mjdecker

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My HTPC was my former gaming system prior moving to my current home, After building a new gaming system I decied to take a stab on making my old one a HTPC. Everything works really well being on some dated hardware except it's getting to the point where I need more storage. Keep in mind I'm only using this as a file server and playing movies or music (on HDD, DVD/Bluray) so other than a clean load of Windows 7 using Media Center, files are the only thing on it.

 

The current setup has two WD 320gb in Raid 0.

 

Few options I'm deciding between:

 

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136792

 

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136891

 

I'm looking at getting 3 for a raid 5 setup. Does anyone have any issues using the WD Green line? Would I need the extra speed the Black line provides (though the 5 year waranty is nice to have too).

 

OS Drive:

SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB (Got the Sata II in my laptop recently and it's fast)

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820171567

 

 

Any input on this is greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Mike

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The Caviar blacks are certified for RAID and the Greens are not. That said, I have a 14T server and 10T server all running on Greens with absolutely no issues. If you want max performance and a Guarantee then go with the blacks. Also, it is not stated but I surely hope you do not plan on running off the MB and you are going to use a controller of some type.

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I've been on the fence whether I need a controller card, mainly since the current board only supports SATA II. Are cards better than on board for management, stability, other reasons?

On that note, I have no idea what to look for in a controller card other than something that has at least 3 ports and raid 5 support. Is there any particular card (something halfway cheap) you would recommend?

 

Ran across this one however I'm not liking reviews on it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115077

 

Also if it will help, my existing motherboard is an Asus P5WD2 Premium

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5WD2_Premium/

 

Thanks again.

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For RAID5 I recommend an addin card, and I believe most everyone on these forums would too. There are a number of issues running RAID5 from a mobo: slow array building/rebuilding, lower performance overall, no ability to transport the RAID to another system (especially in case of mobo failure), no ability to expand an array, etc.

 

I personally prefer somewhat higher end cards that have onboard CPUs, but many on these forums really like RocketRaid cards, especially the 2720. I would also go with the Black drives, but that's just me (I actually run enterprise class drives, such as RE4s).

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It boils down to budget. I agree with ikon on using a controller for RAID 5. The 2720 is only a few bucks more that the 640 you referenced and is much more capable and expandable. Of course there are higher end cards that are faster but again it based on your budget. The 2720 is great price point and runs 8 drives without trouble.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115100

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Thanks for the input guys. The price on that 2720 isn't too bad. Now I just need to decide if I want to drop $660 or $390 for the three hard drives...

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Thanks for the input guys. The price on that 2720 isn't too bad. Now I just need to decide if I want to drop $660 or $390 for the three hard drives...

 

Price is always a problem. If you are building this for the long haul and do not plan to reconfigure, or do not have any existing drives, the extra for blacks might be worth it. Good luck and let us know what you decide.

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