I have finally have almost all the parts I need for my new build next week (I was even able to finally obtain a pair of EVGA 8800 GTs). However, when I went to purchase my previously selected MBoard (the EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68 A1) it was either sold out or was unbelievably jacked up in price to almost within a stone's throw from the Striker Extreme (within $20). Other parts en route include (Q6600 G0 step, 2x EVGA 8800 GT, P182 case with PC P&C Silencer 750 Quad, Zalman CNPS8500 Cooler and Barracuda 7200.11 500GB ND).
I currently own and have had a great experience with 4 prior ASUS boards.
Since I need to order today in order to get it for the long Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S. next week. I am seriously considering the Striker Extreme (can be had for under $300). I am not concerned about the price, but am concerned to find out whether or not this board got over its initial bumps based on reviews I read which criticized the BIOS and overclocking ability. I am not going for high over-clocking, just mild air-cooled OC. I am more interested in a very stable MB that I won't have to mod (i.e. I knew I was going to have to re-apply thermal paste to several components on the EVGA).
So Striker users, good experience so far? Anyone using a stable 2x2 GB RAM setup they can recommend (as I will need to buy it when I buy the MBoard).