How do you rank these two? I'm talking about the under 600 range, so a stratacaser and maybe tempest or damien on the Schecter.
you're comparing apples and oranges there. both are great guitars, but they are certainly not for the same type of music, nor will they feel equally good in your hands

what sort of music do you play?

what amp(s) do you have?
ya krehzeekid is right. strats are not really meant for the heavy metal that shecter is for. but like i sed, i would go with the strat