That is the mother board that I just bought and all the reviews I have read and people I have talked to that own it praise it for the AMD 2500+. I will say the manual and info that comes with the ASUS boards are top notch and easy to follow. They even have a quick start guide as well. I don't know much on the RAID subject, but most people will probably say not to use a onboard Raid vs a Raid controler card for NLE use. I could be wrong though. Maybe someone with more knowledge on that subject can reply.