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Ok, my second Asus Stiker Extreme failed today and I'm not really in the mood to try a third. I just want a board that is reliable and can be slightly overclocked. I was considering trying and EVGA or MSI board. All suggestions welcome, thanks in advance.
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CORSAIR Dominator 2GB DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
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I would call Bonnie over at ASUS RMA Dept and ask very nicely about a new Striker. Normally after 2 bad boards they will send you out a new one. I would then wait until the new Intel X38 Boards come out.
 

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There may be more to this, than just a failed motherboard. My first motherboard had the controller fail on the board-basically SATA ports one and two would not work. They may have been damaged though from failed hard drive. The second board is also having a controller issue, yet it too was run with the defecitive drive, yet only for a few minutes. I may simply install one more Striker board and see how things turn out. When the board failed it would not boot on SATA one and two-had too switch to 3@4. Now the controller will not detectd the ide drives and also will not boot. I can't even get the board to post now.
 

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Besides the 3 already mention. You might want to look at the DFI 680i board. I rate it in top 3 boards.

1) DFI LP UT NF680I LT SLI-T2 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI ATX
Lots of extra features when considering this board, plus great OC.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136035

2) EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX
Features again and another great OC board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188012

3) GIGABYTE GA-N680SLI-DQ6 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX
Again great features and another OC board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128037

Those are my suggestion, unless you wish to wait for P-38 boards to come out. Also it seems lately that Asus has been having a rash of bad boards. I also lost one due to SouthBridge dieing.

Hope this helps you out some..
 

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why does no one like Abits IN9 32X-MAX

thats what im going to use for my 8800GTX SLI rig i build around the beginning of august for Bioshock/crysis and all that

 

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I have had my EVGA 680i SLI since December 06. I have tried some pretty high OC's basically reaching the limit of the CPU and the board has held up admirably. My memory has faulted twice and this has been due to bad modules since they were running unlinked from the main FSB at optimum settings, not the fault of the board. I have some good modules now and everything is humming right along.

For that I recommend the Evga board. There is a reason it is often used as the test bed for many web review sites.
 

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The 680i southbridge doesn't support PATA so the board has a seperate controller for that and the eSATA so if your having problems with the SATA and PATA it's most likely not from the bad drive.
 

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From what I've read, only one X38 board that I've seen so far will support sli, the Foxconn X38A. Apparently, their drivers will support both Crossfire and SLI, but every other X38 board only supports crossfire. That being said, I don't know why NVIDIA would only let Foxconn do this.