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Okay, I'm looking for a really good gaming motherboard.

As of right now, I have the ASUS Striker Extreme board. It runs awesome, but I want to get a future proof one, and one of my goals was DDR3 RAM and PCI Express 2.0 (I think the Striker Extreme has that but I'm not certain at the moment.)

Right now I'm looking at two dimms of 1 GB DDR3 1600 RAM, but I can always change that, and a GeForce 8800 GTS card from XFX.

I started looking at the Striker II boards but all the reviews say they are very unstable and unreliable, and I don't really want to spend hours debugging my board. I'm just looking for a board that will last a few years and is better than the Striker Extreme board I have now.

I prefer ASUS boards but I can always get another brand if necessary.

Thanks, appreciate any help and/or recommendations.

Edit:
BTW, my budget for parts is around 1200 monies.
Edited by NessTheHero - 6/13/08 at 7:47am
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post #2 of 14
Don't bother honestly.

Just upgrade your video card for now. Upgrade your motherboard when it comes time to. Upgrading your mobo and RAM now will cost a few hundred for virtually no gain.
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If you want to be current with the times, wait for Nehalem. THAT is when you want to upgrade, because you will need a new mobo (new chipset) if you want that chip.
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now, after nehalem, will all or most mainstream chips switch to the 1336 chipset that i understand the nehalem is, thus requiring a different mobo -- the X58?

Or will most chips remain LGA775?

Will the nehalem even be worth it? is it 4 or 8 cores? I know that it has 8 threads, but, clarify please: games don't use more than 2 cores these days, do threads work any different? Will games/apps use all the provided threads, or just 2 (or is it 4) threads/cores like these days?
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Well it looks like you see that new DDr3 is out you want it. If it is for speed gain I wouldn't get it until they can get the latancey down to 4T's until then DDR2 800 at 4t's is faster . Has been proven over and over again. the only reason I could see getting dd3 is to do some maijor overclocking which you better go out and get a heafty water cooler getting FSB or HTT up along side the drr3 timmings it might not even help.
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now, after nehalem, will all or most mainstream chips switch to the 1336 chipset that i understand the nehalem is, thus requiring a different mobo -- the X58?

Or will most chips remain LGA775?
Hmmmm? Any Nehalem-based CPU and after will need a new chipset and socket. All Core 2 will remain on 775.
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now, after nehalem, will all or most mainstream chips switch to the 1336 chipset that i understand the nehalem is, thus requiring a different mobo -- the X58?

Or will most chips remain LGA775?
It's going to take a year after the launch of Nehalem for the mainstream to switch over to LGA1336.
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hmmmm, sounds good to me.

I guess I'll wait till Nehalem chips come out. Which is good because I still want to get some life out of this Striker board since I bought it in feb.

Another question, is PCI Express 2.0 different than if it says it runs at 16x? The Striker board has two PCI-E slots that run at 16x and one that runs at 8x and I want to know if they are 2.0.

I want to get a GeForce 8800 GTS which runs on PCI-E 2.0 x16 and I'm not sure if the card will work. Will it?
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hmmmm, sounds good to me.

I guess I'll wait till Nehalem chips come out. Which is good because I still want to get some life out of this Striker board since I bought it in feb.

Another question, is PCI Express 2.0 different than if it says it runs at 16x? The Striker board has two PCI-E slots that run at 16x and one that runs at 8x and I want to know if they are 2.0.

I want to get a GeForce 8800 GTS which runs on PCI-E 2.0 x16 and I'm not sure if the card will work. Will it?
The Striker Extreme is based on the 680i chipset. That means it is PCIe 1.1 and not PCIe 2.0.

PCIe 2.0 doubles the bandwidth over PCIe 1.x (plus some minor other improvements). PCIe 2.0 is backwards compatible to PCIe 1.x. A 8800GTS will run fine in a x16 PCIe 1.x slot. It will be bottlenecked in a x8 PCIe 1.x slot though.
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It's going to take a year after the launch of Nehalem for the mainstream to switch over to LGA1336.
that clears it up...exactly what i was looking for...

Now, besides the 4/8 cores and 8 threads, what advantages does the 1336 hold over LGA775?

Unfortunately, as I see it, DDR3 is still slower than DDR2 at 4t (so I've heard).

Will the 1336 offer better overclocking, more stability, higher stock clock speeds?

I don't mean to jack this thread by turning it into a 1336 FAQ, I just want to help the thread author get a better sense of what's coming out, and whether it will be worth the wait.
    
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