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Striker II forumla or Rampage formula

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August 11, 2008 7:08:02 PM

Ok I am looking at building a new system soon on about a $ 2000 budget I am waiting for the core i7 (nehalem) to come out and the resulting price drop on other older parts. I am having a hard time deciding on the MOBO I was pretty happy with the Striker II formula for the included separate sound card that is supposed to have good quality, a very well laid out cooling, along with its great ability to OC. I have been reading around and herd some good and bad about the board and was wondering if the Rampage formula is a better option?

I will be running a Q6600 Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115018 with a thermalright xfi-14 heetsink http://www.thermalright.com/new_a_page/product_page/cpu/ifx-14/product_cpu_cooler_ifx-14.html?art=MTQyMywxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA

The other parts I had picked out are to go with the striker II:

POS: PC Power & Cooling PPCT860 860W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703013
RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227289
Case: COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 NVIDIA Edition (Yess I am a Huge Nvidia Fanboy) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119146
OS: 64 bit xp or vista

will be putting 2 sli video cards in it 8800gts or higher along with some other case fans the goal is to OC the Processor to 3.0GHz if not 3.4GHz safely which i think is reasonable with this build even with air cooling and still be able to OC the video cards a bit with out overloading the MOBO.

Any suggestions, help, experience, or advice are welcome and appreciated
August 12, 2008 12:29:44 PM

So you're buying a high-end mobo and then upgrading to Nehalem in a few months? If you say you're an nvidia fan boy, why look at crossfire boards? At all? Wait for Nehalem which will do both crossfire & sli.
August 12, 2008 6:12:04 PM

The Rampage can do both I though. I miss read the stats and fill like a HUGE ARUS. thanks
August 12, 2008 6:16:27 PM

I think that I will go crawl in a whole and die in shame now
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