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I thought I wanted an MSI, because of the two ESATA ports as well as the dedicated sound card. Then I saw this deal on Newegg for an open box for $169, and I was about to pull the trigger. Then I read the reviews, and thought about the fact that they have so many open box available, and wondered if I would be as unsatisfied as all the other people that have returned those. Plus I need one if not two open PCI slots should I choose to run SLI 8800GT's with HR-03's attached, and that was the first time I realized that the MSI only has one PCI slot.

So now I don't know what to get. I've heard that ASUS boards aren't great for overclocking quads. But the Striker Formula looks really nice, albeit almost the most expensive. I currently have XFX, which as I understand, is almost identical to EVGA. (Why even have two different brand names? Oh well.) I would get 790i if I didn't have to purchase eight more gigs of RAM at higher prices. I plan on removing all stock cooling and decking out with as much Thermalright as possible.

I've heard nothing but awesome stuff about DFI and overclocking, but unfortunately, from what I can see, they don't do the nVidia chipset thing? That blows, IMO.

Any suggestions, anyone? Money is not an issue. I just want a great motherboard.
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the evga and xfx brands are getting video corruption problems. i got lucky on mine i guess. it seems the problem is getting less on the newer boards but its still a crap shoot.

as for air cooling after the stock HS is removed there are no options for the NB. check out this thread here:

http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...t-cooling.html
   
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Video corruption problems? Since when?
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Video corruption problems? Since when?
check near the end of this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...-guide-98.html
   
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As far as the stock HS on NB replacement, there are options. Plenty of low-profile MOSFET's out there. It's just the 200 you have to worry about. The NB is just like all others. But the different placement of the NB is one of the things I liked about the MSI.
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Still looking for suggestions...
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Absolutely do not get an open box, there are still a lot of issues with these boards and you will only get about a 30-day warranty from Newegg, period. So if you do run into issues, you will be screwed.

Evga/XFX are the ones I would go with.
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Why are you bothering with nVidia TBH? =s The only reason I can see is SLI.
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Do not get Asus or MSI for NVIDIA boards. They both do not use reference boards, thus bringing up issues with OCing and stuff. Whenever getting an NVIDIA board stick with reference boards, eVGA and XFX use the reference boards.
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ASUS sucks, avoid at all costs.
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