Recommendation: RAID card
Know that LSI used to make quite a few 'off-branded' cards in the day. Seeing that LSI merged (now Avago?) and suspect the field just opened-up for me BIG time...but making research and comparing a major PITA.
Found a few on E-Bay that contain the card/BBU (sometimes cache add-on)/etc. Since this is mostly for storage (storage for Plex, etc.), I need 4+ ports, but don't need the 16+ port models. Even a $50 difference (LSI 9261 vs. 9361) throws a few more variables into the option mix .
IBM ServerRaid vs. Areca vs. Adaptec vs. LSI vs. ???
PCI 2 vs. 3?
3 vs. 6 vs. 12 Gb/s?
Any add-ons to look for that might make an 'older' card more desirable vs. $$$ vs. future-proof?
Hoping a few of the tech heads here can suggest a few to narrow down the field, or even possibly point me in a direction I hadn't thought of before. Price isn't so much an issue knowing that I have what's needed (it's only an initial lay-out); but I'm not willing to break the bank on cutting-edge that I don't need.