"For example, If you can prevent it, don't have your drive and cdrom on the same cable."
Yeah, I figured that. I'll leave the CDROM drive on the mobo cable.
"For performance it is better to buy another controller card and only use the master."
I'll have to mess with this. My feeling is that with the first RAID used for boot and home, and the second used for data, there won't be much interaction, as they won't usually be accessed at the same time. But, in the end, this is entertainment.
I had originally hoped I could dual boot Linux on this controller with Windows, but couldn't get it going. Now that I've got it going, I may add Windows, but I'm not sure what I'd do with it. LOL