i have sommit similar to this except mine was built a while ago :
- MSI Master 2 Far motherboard
- 1gb kingston registered ECC ram
- 2x amd Opteron 242
- 2x80gb SATA drives in raid 0 (samsung)
- SCSI adaptec card with 18gb SCSI U320 drive at 15,000tr.mn
- Nvidia FX5900XT (gygabyte)
- WIN2k pro
caused me alot of trouble had to reinstall many yimes do many upgrades and the Raid 0 didnt help at all in all of those problems.... in the end i gave up the raid and used the SCSI drive which is faster anyways there is not argument 7,200+7,200 might make 14,400tr/mn which is near 15,000 but the performance is alot weaker..... althjough i use one of the SATA drive to make a D:/ drive to store files....
- SuSE Linux 9.1
Installed fien bit of trouble with the raid 0 so i went for a software raid with linux works just as fast as the original but well it doesnt boot up as fast as it has to create it and all....
- SuSE Linux 9.1 64bit
Just had a fiddle with it.... its fast and fun but i still have lots of problems and need to sort some stuff out..... vrey fast though with the SCSI U320 drive the raid 0 didnt work even in software so i partitioned it with windows.....
dunny you should have problems witht at 9800pro card i thought they were good... i went for Ati as they supported the 64bit beta's straight away... and the 5900XT was the choice of the moment especially at £130.....
i fi had had more brains i probably would have gone for the tyan instead of the MSI board but the £20 difference tempted me.... are there many problems with it ? the MSI had loads with the raid........ that VT8237 chipset from via really is quite poor wish i'd gone for a Nforce 3 250 (but i would have had to wait !
anyways about your problem i have experinced similar issues of performance under Win2k where the pc will freeze for 30secs after a bit of work and then start again... i did an update and deleted the raid and everything worked fine..... so maybe it is your raid....