1x8gb RAM made a difference in the total cost, though.
Micro Center doesn't carry the 8320 to my knowledge. If they do, then it doesn't qualify for a CPU/motherboard bundle like the 8350 did.
On the contrary, there was a difference. $610 isn't much to work with for a gaming build (especially with no income), so I had to go the cheaper route. Plus, I can always add another 24gb of RAM if I choose to do so. And remember, this is my FIRST build ever.
I bought the CPU with Battlefield 4 in mind. Sure, I messed up slightly on the GPU. However, I also plan on 3D Modeling and Rendering.
I actually DID do my research on the CPU. I put more into that because it's MUCH harder to replace a messed-up CPU versus a mess-up graphics card. The GTX 650 works fine for my purposes, and it fit within my budget, so I'm not complaining.
The 1x8gb was cheaper than 2x4gb. Everything was done on a tight budget.
For those of you who don't know how to be helpful (instead of demeaning) to someone who's NEVER built a computer prior to this, here's a few things to consider:
1) I was on a VERY tight budget for this build. EVERY item was chosen with that in mind. I only had $610 to work with (took YEARS for me to save that up), so I had to limit myself on most things. This is also why I went with 1x8GB of Ram instead of 2x4Gb. BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAPER.
2) As bloodroses75 mentioned, I went (as you are calling it) "overkill" with the CPU for two reasons: (a) Because I also plan on doing 3D modeling and rendering with this computer, and (b) it's easier to replace the GPU then the CPU.
3) Seeing as it's my FIRST build, cable clean-up was the LAST thing on my mind, mainly because of my excitement for finally getting a gaming PC.
I appreciate the quick response. However, the only place I can really buy parts from is Micro Center, and they don't have the Athlon II X4 in stock anymore. Is there another build option, using the AMD FX series? I can probably stretch my budget to $600 tops.
This is an awesome feature for someone like me, who lives literally ten minutes from Micro Center. However, looking at this site and the Micro Center site, I'm noticing that this isn't showing any of the CPU/motherboard bundles for the AMD FX-6300. On Micro Center's site, there are (currently) three motherboards that - when bundled with AMD FX-6300 - only cost $10 before mail-in rebate. Or is there something else I'm missing?