Poweredge T310 compatible RAID controller instead of PERC6i from Dell

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I recently purchased a new Dell Poweredge T310 and after starting up the server, I realized the internal RAID controller only does RAID 0. A little backstory, I noticed you could NOT buy the server from Dell with a RAID 5 controller unless you bought all the HDD from Dell directly but when they charge $429 each (1TB) vs getting them on my own for $65 it's hard to want to do that. I decided to buy the single HDD configuration with 4 hot swap bays and while on the phone with the dell rep, I mentioned to him that based on the configuration I had chosen, it appeared as though I couldn't do anything but RAID 0 with the SAS6iR controller and adapter so basically, he severely misinformed me and said it would still do RAID 5 anyway.

So, bottom line is this, I have a SAS6iR RAID adapter for 4 hot plug HDD and need to replace the SAS6iR RAID controller in the PCI Exp slot with a RAID 5 controller. Dell wants a lot of money for this individually so does anyone know of any specific other brand controller that will be compatible with this particular SAS6iR adapter or know of anywhere that I can get the Dell one for cheap, even refurbished? My web search has led me nowhere.

Thanks everyone
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Commented:
If you are looking for reliable in the 310, I would recommend a PERC 6, as it is probably the best bang-for-your-buck, but Dell's price of $300 is pretty average and pretty reasonable for this controller:
http://www.google.com/search?q=+341-6208&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1#q=dell+perc+6/i+adapter&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&prmd=ivs&source=univ&tbs=shop:1&tbo=u&ei=AGi6TLfOJ4H2tgOel4SlBw&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=5&ved=0CDoQrQQwBA&fp=fe7e51d4c9f90cac

I would also recommend against non-Enterprise, non-certified drives ... but maybe that is another topic ... and maybe the data/services on this server are not of a critical nature.

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Thanks for the reply. I guess with enterprise, like you said, I can't sell myself short but the budget is tight so a compromise as far as funds availability will have to be determined since we need this server.
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Agreed ... and understood.  Good luck.

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