First thing that i will do before installing the OS is the update all the firmware on board BIOS 45, BMC 31 & SDR 13 correctly to the latest one.
Read the read me file how to do it. If not sure, dont do it now.
I will connect all my sata dvd to the last sata port on the motherboard.
If i have 3 hard drives and 1 dvd rom, it should as follows:
1st HDD on the SATA Port 0
2nd HDD on the SATA Port 1
3rd HDD on the SATA Port 2
DVD Drive on the SATA Port 5
Then i will set these options in the bios:
Configure SATA as RAID
SATA Raid Oprom Intel Matrix
Then i will create my raid using Ctrl + I to enter the Intel Matrix Raid
If you have an internal floppy disk drive on the system, then it will be even easier.
Download the F6 driver for the Intel Matrix Raid on to the a formatted floppy disk
Insert the OS cd on the system, press F6 to load the Intel Matrix Raid Driver.
Press S to Specify the location of the driver
It should be from the floppy disk.
Then continue to the OS installation.
Install the chipset driver and all other drivers and Intel Storage Matrix Manager.
Now if your system does not come with an internal floppy disk drive, use a software to slipstream the driver and thus creating a new OS already integrated with the F6 drivers. Make a new Bootable ISO image and burn it on a CD.
Software like Nlite allows you to do this.
If you want to use LSI to make your raid, then the F6 driver will be SATA & SAS Software RAID Driver for Windows.
The LSI and Intel Matrix are two different onboard raid controllers.
Note: Windows Vista and Windows 2008 should already have the drivers in the OS.
Other than this, i dont have any suggestions. Hope that this helps.