Best Gaming PC Build Under $800 That Will Dominate!

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With the best 800 dollar gaming PC build of 2017,  you will be able to play any game that comes out this year on ultra settings without a doubt. If this build was a pre-built PC it would probably cost you thousands, but since you’ve decided to make your own PC, you are saving a great deal of money that can instead go to peripherals or anything else.

I spent many hours researching all of the different parts in this build to get you the most optimal performance for the cost, and not only is this build  a powerhouse, but it also happens to look the best out of all of my builds so far and I guarantee that people will be impressed when they see your gaming PC.

I did a 700 dollar gaming PC build recently and while that PC is amazing, this one is definitely the better option if you want to guarantee yourself ultra settings for a long time… Now, without further ado lets jump right into this awesome build!

Why Build A PC Instead of Buying A Pre-Built One?

I just want to take a second, before I get into the build to talk about this since I’ve been asked it a thousand times.

Yes, you can buy a pre-built PC for 800 dollars, but I one hundred percent guarantee that my 600 dollar gaming PC build would wipe the floor with it because the people who make pre-built gaming PC’s need to make a profit as well and in order to do this they put on this sick awesome case that makes the PC look fantastic, but inside, the parts that really matter are usually worth much less than you are paying for them.

So if you want to spend 800 dollars on a pre-built PC and still struggle to run games on high settings then be my guest, or you could just spend a little time making your own PC and build a PC that can run games on the highest settings. Some people just will never build their PC and that’s okay, but if you’ve come to this site then with my help you can build that gaming PC you’ve always dreamed off. I personally won’t let you fail.

Not  only do you get insane value when you build your own PC, but you also get this sense of satisfaction that you’ve completed something and that’s a feeling a pre-built PC, just can’t give. Just think back to last time you made something? Don’t you remember it? that’s a feeling that cannot be replicated nor taken away from you.

I understand why many people hesitate, though, they think that building a PC is some very difficult process, and maybe if you were to try to build it by yourself that would be the case, but there are so many resources that are available that make building a gaming PC easier than ever before.

You may not know me or anything, but  I will personally help you with any problems you may have when building a PC. Just leave a comment below and I will answer swiftly.

BEST 2017 800 DOLLAR GAMING PC BUILD: THE DOMINATOR

Not only will this build impress anyone who looks at it with its beautiful case, but most importantly this thing is packing some major power inside. This PC can handle all of the recent releases such as Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, and even GTA 5 on ultra 1080p, 60FPS. Even if you’re looking to go 4k (resolution) then this can even handle that, but at the moment, I would check out one of my more expensive builds as this one won’t be able to handle 4k at a smoother play.

At 800 dollars you’ve made an investment that will pay dividends. Below is the build broken down into parts and then the explanation of each piece and my reasoning for including it into the build. I recommend you look at this to get a better understanding of what you are buying.

The Build (AMD Focus)

Last Updated: November 20, 2017

Case – Thermaltake Versa N21

Great Case With A Flashy Design

Option #1 CPU – Ryzen 5 1600

A great CPU for those who’re looking for balance between powerful processing with very good gaming performance.

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Graphics Card/GPU – Zotac 8GB GTX1060

The Heart Of This Build, Completely Awesome GPU.

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Motherboard – MSI B350 Tomahawk

A Great Motherboard overall, still allowing you to overclock your Ryzen.

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RAM – Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit

one 8GB RAM stick, making it easy to upgrade to 16GB.

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Power Supply – EVGA 450W

80 Plus Bronze Power Supply That Powers The Whole Build With Power To Spare. 5 Year warranty as well!

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Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB

A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM

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Optional SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III

Not mandatory, but if you want a faster OS & boot time, I’d recommend getting one.

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Build Breakdown

Case

Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition

For a mid-tower case, the Thermaltake N21 is definitely worth every penny. Not only will you be getting plenty of space, but also a slick design that will impress anyone who looks at it.

Even though the looks are what makes this case stand out, it still has all the space needed when you upgrade to bigger CPU’s and Video Cards.

One of the biggest reasons I picked this case was due to its design that allows for better airflow which leads to a cooler PC (This leads to less overheating and the extension of your PC’s life). This case also comes with one fan to help cool it even better.

One main issue that this case does have is cable management. That’s not to say its horrible but there are some cases for the price with better cable management, but you will lose the looks factor.

I understand that not everyone has the same sense of style so below I’ve included a link that allows you to pick another case that is still compatible with this build.

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Power Supply:

800 dollar gaming PCFor this build, I’ve chosen the 450 watts power supply by EVGA. This brand has been making quality power supplies for years and I can vouch for their quality.

This power supply is fully modular, allowing you to keep your cabling to a minimum.

This power supply also has a big  fan that helps in making sure your build doesn’t get overheated, but still remains very quiet allowing you to focus only on gaming and not fan noise.

A power supply messing up can hurt your other components, so I wouldn’t recommend getting some very cheap one with low watts. 

The EVGA B3 also comes with a 5 year warranty.

Video Card:

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The Zotac 1060 6GB has to be one of the best mid-range graphics cards on the market. With an 800 dollar budget, you are already going to be doing some high-end PC gaming without a doubt and at this point you are merely future proofing how long your system can remain playing games at a high level.

With Gaming computer builds, your video card is what makes or breaks your build, and that is also the case with the GTX 1060.  This card is the most expensive item you are getting and just, so you know this thing is worth every penny.

The GTX 1060 by itself is already a fantastic card that benchmarks insanely well, we’re squeezing a great 6GB GPU into this build which will get great results. 

Not to mention this thing runs near silent and most of the time you won’t even hear the fan unless you are doing some very intensive stuff.

This card is even capable of creating games if you’re ever thinking of becoming an indie developer.

I really can’t imagine a better card at this price range, Hell I wish I started off with a GTX 1060; it would have made gaming a much better experience.

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Processor:

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

The Zotac 1060 video card might be the hero of the build, but every hero needs a sidekick, and there’s no better sidekick at this price than the AMD Ryzen 5 1600.

What you want from a processor in gaming is quick snappy load times and basically anything that needs to be processed. 

With a Ryzen 5 1600 you get a stock cooler and can be overclocked out of the box.

 

Motherboard:

The MSI Tomahawk motherboard might be my most controversial choice for this build, but I wholeheartedly think that it was the right choice considering this build isn’t really meant for SLI gaming (two graphics cards) due to the graphics card overcompensating this and the whole premise is to have a powerhouse graphics card and then upgrade later to another powerhouse after reselling the current one.

 It’s a high-quality motherboard that houses all the main functions without any issues and the price is right!

It also has MSI’s famous BIOS which is specifically tailored for gaming and allows you to better modify your PC components.  If you do plan on changing motherboards, please run it by me before you do to make sure that it is compatible with the rest of the build.

RAM:

The RAM I chose was the one 8GB stick of Corsair Vengence LPX 2666. RAM is important simply because you need it to run any programs. While dual Ram sticks are preferred, buying one allows room to buy a duplicate down the road.

For gaming nowadays 8gb’s is the minimum and anything lower will handicap this system. This is another thing I would advise against changing.

Hard Drive:

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For the hard drive, I chose Western Digital 1 TB hard drive. Western Digital is a respectable company and also makes high-quality products. It’s up to you when it comes to hard drives, but this is my recommendation.

I would not go any lower than 1 TB, in particular with this build due to how much money you are already investing in it. No point in cheaping out on space when it’s so affordable.

 

SSD:

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The last thing this build features is a 240 GB SSD from PNY . What’s so great about SSD’s? Well, they load things much quicker than hard drives do making them pretty handy especially if you put the right applications on them. I know a lot of people may be tempted to put their favorite games on their SSD, but what I recommend you do is install your OS on the SSD. It’ll make your PC feel much quicker and your boot up times will be non-existent.  This is more of a

As you can tell, SSD’s are more of a luxury item, so if you’d rather not get it and save some money your build wouldn’t suffer too much, but I really do recommend getting one as it just makes your PC feel so much better.

(Optional) Optical Drive:

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I chose to not include the optical drive in my build due to the fact that almost no one needs one anymore. I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever used one in my build before and don’t feel that it is necessary.

I would recommend you get an optical drive if you are going to install the OS through DVD (there are other options such as USB) or if you like to watch movies from the disk. 

Since most gaming is digital nowadays, there is no longer a need for them if you are gaming. However, I still understand that some people may still want one, so I’ve linked a very affordable one below that doesn’t forgo on quality.

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  • Allows you to permanently delete the data on rewritable discs
  • Power saving drive

Intel Build Variation

The new 8th gen processors are out and are finally becoming more available.

We used many of the same parts as the AMD build, but we must change the CPU, Motherboard and the RAM.

The i3-8100 is a little better on gaming (Directx 11 games specifically) than the AMD Ryzen 5 CPU. The i3-8100 processor is extremely affordable, and is only more costly due to the more expensive z370 motherboards available.

Case – Thermaltake Versa N21

Great Case With A Flashy Design

CPU – Intel i3-8100

A great CPU for those who’re looking for an affordable CPU with very good gaming performance.

Graphics Card/GPU – Zotac 8GB GTX1060

The Heart Of This Build, Completely Awesome GPU.

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Motherboard – MSI Z370-A PRO

A Great Motherboard overall, still allowing you to overclock your Ryzen.

RAM – Ballistix Tactical 8GB Kit

one 8GB RAM stick, making it easy to upgrade to 16GB. 3000 mT/s will give even more performance gains to the i3.

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Power Supply – EVGA 450W

80 Plus Bronze Power Supply That Powers The Whole Build With Power To Spare. 5 Year warranty as well!

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Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB

A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM

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Optional SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III

Not mandatory, but if you want a faster OS & boot time, I’d recommend getting one.

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Build Conclusion

There’s no doubt in my mind that these builds are going to make a great gaming PC for anyone who follows these builds. For 800 dollars you will not only be getting a great build but a build that will stretch as far as possible for the best possible gaming experience for the money.

If you follow this build you will be able to run any game that’s currently out at1080p and 60FPS+ without a doubt. I would recommend this build if you know you are going to be using this PC often and love to have the best of the best.

So which build is the best? It depends…if you’re heavily focused on gaming and Directx 11 games then go with the Intel CPU. As the CPU is really affordable, it gives you the best option to upgrade to a beefier Intel CPU in the future without losing much money. AMD on the other hand will provide more balance to performance.

I’ve included a great video below that graphs the differences between the processors.

Important: If you make any changes to this build please feel free to leave a comment below of your final revised build so that I can make sure the build is compatible and you don’t waste your time nor your money. 

Recommended Peripherals

You may have just built the most amazing PC in the world, but none of that really matters if you don’t have peripherals to actually start using with that gaming PC. Below are my most recommended peripherals for this $800 gaming PC build.

Recommended Monitor: Acer XFA240 Gaming Monitor

You can check out our review of the best gaming monitors under 200, but this one is our top pick

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  • 24" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen TN Display with AMD FreeSync technology
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate- Using Display Port, Response time: 1ms
  • Height, Pivot, Swivel and Tilt. Viewing Angles-170° Horizontal, 160° Vertical
  • 2 x 2W speakers. Panel Type- Twisted Nematic Film (TN Film). Color Supported- 16.7 million. Brightness- 350 nit
  • Signal inputs: 1 x Display port (V1.2), 1 x HDMI/MHL & 1 x DVI


This monitor is amazing value for the quality. If you are looking for a monitor that provides deep color contrast and one that is also very bright then this is the perfect monitor on a budget. I’ve had this monitor for years and not once have I had any issues with it. Due to the price of these monitors they also work very well for a multi-monitor setup.

Recommended Keyboard and Mouse Combo: Cooler Master Devastator II 

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If you are a gamer and want to have that competitive edge online, but are on a budget then this is an awesome combo set that really feels just as good as some of the most premium keyboards and mouses. This is one item that I can recommend without even having to worry about whether or not its worth the buy because it definitely is.

Recommended Headset: HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset

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I actually have a pair of these headphones and for the price these things provide amazing design, sound quality, and comfort. The style on these headphones is definitely a very important aspect, but the one thing that really makes these a joy to use has to be their comfort. I can game for hours and where another pair of gaming headphones would start to hurt my ears, the design on these headphones are unusual, but that creativity actually makes a better final product that is definitely worth checking out. You hear games sounds just fine and people hear you crystal clear through the mic.

Recommended Wifi:

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  • Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and price/performance
  • Instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi Upgrade for your desktop PC: no more messy Ethernet cables needed

We chose our number 3 adapter from our top 10 wireless adapters list as it’s a little more budget friendly. Check out our post if you have a different budget in mind.

Operating System Options

After getting your PC built and all of your Peripherals there is one more thing that still needs to be done before you can get to playing awesome games and that is picking an operating system. What is an operating system? Well, basically it’s an application that opens up when your PC turns on and manages all other applications. That might sound confusing but I’m pretty sure everyone here is using one. There are thousands of operating systems out there, but the two major ones available to you that I’m going to talk about are (Ubuntu) Linux and Windows.

(Ubuntu) Linux

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Ubuntu Linux is basically a more streamlined version of the original Linux and was made for people who want to try an alternative to the powerhouse that is windows. It was made by a team of developers that are all very experienced coders and it’s the biggest offshoot of Linux there is at the moment with around 250 million users worldwide.

If you like having a vast amount of customization options then Linux was made for as you can nearly change every aspect of Ubuntu Linux to better fit what you like. The other major plus for a Linux would have to be that it costs literally nothing to download as its an open source OS.

Linux does have some things going for it, but there are also a lot of issues, especially when it comes to gaming. Linux being open source means that it’s not as supported as Windows is which can lead to annoying bugs that really have no estimated times when they will be fixed. The biggest issue with Linux at the moment is that PC developers don’t support the OS at the moment to the extent that it needs in order for it to be considered valid. Using the Linux OS will severely limit the number of games you can play and yes while there might be some sort of emulation system out there on Linux it will most likely come with a host of bugs.

Windows

Windows 10

Windows is something that I’m pretty everyone here knows and there’s a reason for that considering they own more than 3/4ths of the Operating System market and seem to be growing even further.

Some reasons to go for Windows is simply that at the moment all of the developers make their games for it since that’s where most of their sells come from and no PC game is going to be restricted when you are on this OS. The other big pro for Windows is that they fix issues with their OS pretty quickly.

What Version Of Windows Should I Get?

If you want to play games at their max level, then you need Windows 10. Why? Simply because it’s the most popular OS which means that every PC developer optimizes for it. Windows 10 is constantly being improved upon and the performance gap increases bit by bit as developers find ways to squeeze out more performance on the OS.

Windows 7 and 8 are still fine, but due to the fact that you’ll actually see performance increases by using Windows 10, it’s an easy call. Below I’ve listed both the USB and the disc version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 USB Version
  • Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection - including antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more
  • 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease

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Windows 10 Disc Version
  • The Start menu is back and better than ever so you can expand and customize it.
  • Fast and responsive. Technologies like InstantGo let you boot up and resume quickly;Video Game Platform:PC

Conclusion…

With PC gaming growing faster than ever now is the right time to start building a gaming PC and with the best 800 dollar gaming PC build of 2017, you really can’t go wrong. With this build, you will be getting enough power to run games on ultra settings and the looks to top it off. If gaming is really a major hobby of yours that you spend hours this is a build I would whole-heartedly recommend.

If you have any questions about your build or this post, please feel free to leave a comment below so that I can get back to you quickly. Also, what do you plan on naming your PC? Tell me below.

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So first I would like to thank you guys for being very helpful while I started to purchase parts for my first pc build. At this point I have everything but the hard drive (I already have gotten an ssd). I still have two final questions though, first with the windows usb drive that is both a windows download tool and activation key? Second, how do I make sure the windows installs to the ssd and not to the hard drive? Once again thanks for all your help, here is my final build for now (I may get more ram)… Read more »

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Glad to help Matt, firstly, you can wait to install the HD until later, you have everything else. installing windows with only one drive makes it very easy, obviously. If you do wait for the HD and install, you will get to a “where do you want to install windows” where you choose which Drive to install the Windows OS.

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Hello, I was wondering which would be a better option, the AMD, or the Intel. I’m willing to spend over $800 so I can get the best possible PC, as so it’s not TOO expensive but to start streaming with my friends. I know Intel i3 usually isn’t the best, and i don’t know a lot about AMD, so I don’t know how good that one is. Thanks!

Matt
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Matt

I was wondering if you would recommend a CPU cooler with this build and if so what one. I’m probably in the 25-35 dollar range for one.

Graham
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Hi Matt, I would probably go right in the middle of your budget and choose the coolermaster hyper212 EVO. It’s a bestseller for a reason, lots of range in fan speed and volume and a great choice. Also, have a read on our post of the best thermal pastes out there on the market today.

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Matt

First, thanks so much for the quick reply! Second, I had purchased the old GPU this build had so I hope that should still work well… But the new GPU you have makes the build well over 800 dollars and much closer to 900-1000.

Graham
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Just so happened to be online at the same time Matt. The prices jumped on me, I will change the build again tonight to reflect the new pricing. Thanks for pointing it out.

Matt
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Matt

Also thanks for the thermal paste tip, I think I’m going to go with the ARTIC MX-4 mainly for the time it will last!

James
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James

So I was wondering if I should go with the HyperX Fury 2x4gb of RAM or the ram this build recommends?

Graham
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Both are very good, the HyperX is a little more expensive. Keep in mind that this motherboard can only handle DDR4-2400 Memory. I would go with the less expensive option, but HyperX is a bigger name.

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jay

i was just wondering what other types of PC cases would work. this will be my first PC build and know very little about anything thanks for the help.

Graham
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Jay, there are many towers that can fit this build. This case is an ATX Mid Tower, so should this case not work for you, then choosing any ATX Mid Tower case will work.

Matthew
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Matthew

So I had two questions that I want your opinion to on how I could slightly modify the build. First, it says that they go with the corsair power supply because vega 600 watt is more expensive because if you don’t have prime but I do, so would you recommend getting an evga if I do have prime and if so which one exactly. Second, this build recommends getting 2 4gb sticks of ram but could I get one 8 gb of ddr4 because it is less expensive or is there an upside to having 2x4gb? Also getting an 8… Read more »

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Matthew, if the 600w power supply you chose is less expensive, then go with that. There are some benefits of using two sticks of ram as in general most motherboards have better performance when they use an even number of Ram sticks, as opposed to a single stick. If you are planning on upgrading in the next while though, I would go with the single stick so you can upgrade easily later should you wish. If you’re thinking RAM is going to help with performance, I would find more benefit from upgrading to a SSD or for gaming purposes, upgrade… Read more »

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Could this motherboard fit the build?

Gigabyte GA-B250M-Gaming 3 – 1.0 – moederbord – micro ATX – LGA1151 Socket – B250 – LGA1151 Socket

Graham
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Yes Alex, the B250M will fit this build. Enjoy!

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parth rathod

Hey Frank
can i use AMD processor instead of intel? I am getting it for the first time and my colleagues tell me that AMD is better than Intel
Please suggest
thank you

Graham
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Hi Parth,

the every lasting debate of Intel vs AMD – similar to the Ford vs Chevy debate. You would have to change the motherboard to What I would recommend an AMD Ryzen B350 and then take the AMD processor of similar price to the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 – it’s a little more cost than the Intel, which will put it above our $800 threshold.

Matt
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Hey so my question was whether or not this computer would be powerful enough to do some streaming on or if there was a way to upgrade this computer so it would be good for streaming without bringing the price up to much?

Graham
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Matt, this will have no problem streaming anything you want. Enjoy!

Matt
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Matt

Thanks for confirming that for me.

Matt

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would i be able to switch out the Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB AMP Edition GDDR5 Graphics Card – Black for ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DUAL (DUAL-GTX1060-O6G) instead?