I have a striker extreme and before I replaced it it was quite buggy. Get the maximus...although I did not research that one...still though you might want to go with the newest chipset so go with the maximus.
I dont understand why it says this on the official Asus website:
"Intel® X38 Chipset
The Intel® X38 Express Chipset is the latest chipset designed to support the next generation 45nm CPU in high-end desktop and workstation platform; and up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR3 1333/1066/800 MHz or DDR2 800/667 MHz memory architecture. It also supports 1333/1066/800 FSB (Front Side Bus), fully dual PCI Express x16 graphics and multi-core CPUs."
Thats saying it does support DDR2 memory but your saying it does not?
To attain top performance, ASUS has managed to break through current FSB and DRAM ratio proportions by utilizing Super Memspeed Technology - the latest technology that provides even more precise overclocking options to unleash the true potential of DDR3 memory. Native DDR3 1333 maximizes system performance by eliminating the bottleneck when overclocking both the CPU and memory - providing great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.
the Maximus Extreme is supposed to come out next week (Nov. 7th). Board is supposed to be in the $400 range. DDR3 is also more expensive, but you can find good Cellshock DDR3-1600 for $380 http://www.memoryc.com/products/description/2GB_CellSho... (2gb)...which is cheaper than top line DDR2. I plan on getting Maximus Extreme, 2gb DDR3 and Vista 32-bit. late next year when DDR3 is cheaper I'll pick up another 2gb and switch to Vista 64-bit.
Get the Maximus Extreme since the Striker doesn't support PCIE 2.0, and it's already setup for H20. If you do H20 though get 2 T's so you can make a parallel loop instead of a series loop, also use your own tubing and clamps instead of the supplied. I've heard that the NB block is a little restrictive, although I haven't had any issues with my Maximus SE. There is also the slight chance of Nvidia allowing SLI on the X38 chipsets in the future, even though they say no now, that doesn't mean it's that way forever.
I have both the striker and the Maximus Formula ES. If your only running one card you can use the GTS I have two 8800Ultras in the striker/and two HD2900Pros with 1GB of memory each in the Maximus. The formulla uses DDR2 I have 4Gbs of XMS2 Pro PC6400 in the formula, and 4Gbs of PC8500 dominators in the striker.
I dont know which one to get. I dont mind about the price difference between these. I just want the best for gaming. I will be having 4gb DDR2 1033 mhz memory and intel core 2 quad q6600.
If you really wanted the best for gaming, you'd save oodles on a cheaper 650i mobo and good DDR2-800 that normally overclocks to DDR2-1000 anyway. Besides, on a Q6600, about the highest 1:1 ratio you'll get will be DDR2-800 or slightly higher. Then, slap in another 8800GT.
Since you're clearly working within some kind of budget, top end motherboards are pointless extravagant waste when the money could be better used elsewhere. All that cash you'd be pouring into the MOBO, for maybe 5% better performance here and there and a handful of fancy features, will net negligible gains compared to what you'd gain by spending that cash on another graphics card. The only way I could possibly recommend either one of those motherboards was if you already had your mind set on 8800GTX or Ultra SLI and still had a fat wallet.
I have a similar experience with Bidybag who is still wondering which board to choose for the next upgrade (I hope you already have / decide the board that you dream on) , but I just want to make one thing clear that the Asus Maximus Extreme doesn't support DDR2 memory, am I right? Cause at this moment Max. Extreme is in on top of my mind and in the very short time I'm planning to upgrade my mobo that can support the 1600FSB.
At this time I'm using Corsair DDR2 Dominator 8500C5D which I think won't work with Max. Extreme and I'm still waiting the price of DDR3 to drop a bit, so I'll wait til the 1st quarter next year, yeeahh...it's worth of wait.....