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    2x Intel Xeon E5-2697v2
  • Motherboard
    Asus Z9PA-D8
  • RAM
    128 GB ECC DDR3(1866 MHz)
  • GPU
    AMD Radeon R9 390X
  • Case
    Corsair 900D
  • Storage
    Areca PCIe 3.0 12Gb/s SAS RAID Controller ARC-1883IX-16
  • PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand(1200 Watts)
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    2x Corsair Hydro Series H75 Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Operating System
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

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  1. I thought of another idea of how to get around the SAS2 6gb/s bottleneck but it may cause problems regarding TRIM support. I could put two 1.6 TB SAS2 SSDs in RAID 0 to get speeds around SAS3. Once I buy a new RAID controller later in the year each drive will be 12gb/s which will result in speeds around SAS4.
  2. If you are able to rollback your laptop to Windows 8.1 you can transfer the OS over. Once Windows 8.1 is on your new PC you can choose to update to Windows 10 for free by changing the date to July 29th, 2016 or earlier. What kind of storage device will your new PC have? Did your laptop come with a recovery disc?
  3. New revisions of SAS come out every four years. SAS 1: 2005 SAS 2: 2009 SAS 3: 2013 SAS 4: 2017?
  4. I wondering if it is even worth it to invest so much money in a SAS 3 RAID card when SAS 4 is expected later this year.
  5. I should probably spend the extra money to get the RAID card with the fan.
  6. Side panel fans? I have never even seen a case with side panel fans.
  7. The graphics card and RAID card will be separated by a wireless network card. When I get home I will take a picture of the interior of the case.
  8. I'm going to make a decision depending on how which will produce the least heat.
  9. I could not get the PCIe expander because I only have one empty PCIe slot. It would also be hard to find a place to put the other expander. For $100 more I can get the LSI-9361-16i which wouldn't require expanders.
  10. How do I install the RAID expander in the case? How hot would the expander get? The Asus PIKE RAID should transfer because it is based on LSI MegaRAID. The only difference is that the Asus PIKE 2008 has SAS 2 BIOS and the LSI-9361-8i has SAS 3 BIOS.
  11. This RAID card does not cost more than my entire PC. My motherboard is an Asus Z9PA-D8. I picked that motherboard because it was one of the very few dual socket motherboards in an ATX form factor. When I purchased it I had a Corsair 650D as a case. Last year I upgraded to a Corsair 900D. When I purchase my next motherboard I will get something bigger with more PCIe slots. My PC also have two Intel Xeon E5-2697v2's and 64 GB ECC DDR3 1866 MHz RAM. I researched some SAS expanders but I am not sure where to put them. I have the same SAS breakout cables in this picture below. I am not currently using them because the Asus PIKE 2008 does not use Mini SAS HD cables.
  12. The whole point of the SSD is for it to be bootable. My virtual machines are on a 4 TB SAS HDD. Is it ok not to have the battery if I am only using RAID 0 or 1?
  13. I went with a SAS SSD because my motherboard doesn't support the NVMe SSDs. SAS was the next best option.
  14. Is the flash cap battery required?