Hello, could someone please help me choose a ATX motherboard made by ASUS for my first, casual custom build.
I will most likely be using an Intel i3 quad core processor, a Corsair h60, Windows 7 (May upgrade to 8 later) and Nvidia GT 610.
I will only use this motherboard to watch 1080p video's (anime), play high resolution games casually at low settings and edit videos (AMV's).
Could someone please help me select an motherboard and tell me if my chosen graphic card would be good enough to run games like Dishonoured , Dirt 3 and Fallout New Vegas (All in low-mid settings but high resolution). If not I will keep GT 610 for now and get an GTX series. Thank you.
First just so you are aware, the i3 processor line up is dual cores, not quad cores. They have Hyper Threading which appears to Windows 7 as if they are quad cores, but they only have 2 cores/4 threads.
Your choice of board will depend on how much you can afford to spend. From your description of the intended use, it would be a waste to spend a lot. And you surely don't need a water cooled CPU cooler if you aren't going to do extreme overclocking of the processor. Board prices depend on what features/options they come with. For instance, do you want SATA III, USB III, and how many, O/C potential, more than 1 PCIe x16 slot, PCIe 3.0/2.0, will the i3/i5 processor be Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge, etc...???
Here are some Asus boards of the 7-Series suitable for Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
Be careful you don't get a 6-Series board with a IB processor because the BIOS will have to be updated for use with a IB, and that can only be done with a SB processor installed.
The GT 610 is too a weak card for gaming at 1080p. You would have to back way off to the lowest of all settings. And even then, I'm not sure it could keep up. You need at least a GTX 550ti or better (or AMD HD 7770 or better) to game at mid settings at 1080p. And I would recommend a GTX 650ti/HD 6870 or better for good frame rates with mid-high settings.
Here's a hierarchy chart you can go by to get an idea where the cards rank compared to each other: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...