|Originally posted by jamesshuang
Pretty much minimal, if you're not planning on doing huge graphic manipulations or video compressions. If your main objective is to play games and surf and type, you're not going to get much out of RAID.
Mostly true, though RAID 0 does significantly increase hard drive performance for anything that accesses the hard drive. Games that do periodic loading while playing run much smoother.
Also RAID 1 would provide good fault tolerance, so no backups would ever be necessary. It's not a daily benefit, but it so would be a nice thing it one of your drives should happen to fail some day. Other RAID levels would be great too, but IDE is primarily limited to 0,1, and 0+1 on most systems.
RAID 2, 4, 7, 53 are other less common configurations.