Turns out the raid card I had is a PCI card and not a PCI-e card. I think I will see how the MB route goes. If I don't like it I can always get a raid card.
I won't be at the software stage of my build until probably Sunday.
my rig still looks like this:
Missing some connections to finish the return loop, and nothing has power or data lines yet.
-"Aqua 2": Water Cooled Intel i7 960, 12 GB DDR3 PC 12800, 3x Intel X-25-M 80 GB SSD RAID 0, SATA 1.5TB WD, EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Supper Clocked Water Cooled, ASUS P6X58D, Corsair 800D w/ Koolance cooling