If the onboard RAID is wiggy, you could install the OS on a single SSD and create a software mirror in Device Manager.
A 2 drive stripe is a faster configuration (assuming the transfer rate of one SSD isn't beyond than the the ICH9R can handle.) But, if 1 drive fails you could lose everything. Mirroring the stripe array to a third drive could be the solution to that.
Are you looking to RAID the Raptors and them move the array intact to a different machine? I haven't tried migrating a software RAID. If it doesn't transfer cleanly, you may be able to import it. Last option would be to break the mirror (then maybe format 2nd drive) prior to moving. You could then rebuild it on the destination system.
Note: I've had the initial mirroring take 3 days. That was with older technology than you're using. -- The Dark Tower's Skynet evolves from 4chan.
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I think I might install the OS to 1 drive like you said. I'm not looking for fault tolerance as this is a desktop machine and I have reliable backups. I'm really just looking for a way to get away from the raid controller on the board. However I'm not really wanting to spend any more money on a separate raid controller as I'm going to be building a new machine in the next 3-6 months anyways.
I think I might install the OS to 1 drive like you said.
Just make sure you set the bios to ACHI first. The OS will install and run fine either way but will be very blue if you switch the controller type after install. -- The Dark Tower's Skynet evolves from 4chan.