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BitFenix Nova TG Build

by BoyScout


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Date Published

Aug. 13, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 11, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.303 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C


BitFenix sent us their new Nova TG mid tower case to check out, so we decided to build a Ryzen 3 1300X / GTX 1050 Ti based gaming PC in it to put it through it's paces. You can watch the build and cable management videos to see how it all came together.

A big thanks to BitFenix for providing the case for this build.

And now, some benchmarks:

Benchmark Score Graphics Score Physics Score Combined Score CPU Score
TimeSpy v1.0 2353 2266 -- -- 3018
FireStrike 6461 7576 8121 2681 --
FireStrike Extreme 1.1 3387 3577 7929 1502 --
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 1759 1718 7922 885 --
Game Settings Resolution Average FPS CPU Usage GPU Usage
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Very High 1920x1080 38.56 fps 52.7% 99.0%
Ghost Recon: Wildlands High 1920x1080 44.56 fps 53.8% 98.9%
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Medium 1920x1080 48.36 fps 56.7% 98.3%
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Low 1920x1080 71.39 fps 62.2% 98.0%

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customgtp 24 Builds 4 points 20 months ago

Man that is some amazing camera work... Can you please come over and take pictures of my computers :)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Thanks for the complement -- glad you enjoyed the results!

K3rmit94 1 point 20 months ago

is that tampered glass or just darkened glass because it looks amazing for a budget case

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LifesGoodGaming 1 point 20 months ago

Is the cable management in the case good and easy to work with?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

You can watch the cable management video to see what Barry did with it. Overall, it only offers rather basic options to work with. Most notable is that there's not a lot of tie down points in the back, so you're left to mostly secure the cables to themselves. That said, since the Nova TG's back panel is punched out, giving pretty ample space, it worked fine, even with our thick 24 pin PSU cable. So, while it's doesn't really offer great cable management options, it was relatively easy to deal with.

LifesGoodGaming 1 point 20 months ago

Alright, thanks!

supertin11 1 point 20 months ago

I heard that the power supply used here is very loud is it true?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Not from our experience. We've used this model in a few builds now and have never noticed any particularly loud sound level.

Daemonicus819 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Acoustics are also very subjective, and it also depends on the case too. I use a 750 watt EVGA G2L. I first had it in a Silent Base 800, and it was dead silent, even with the significantly quieter fans I had back then in the system. Currently it's in a Phanteks P400, and while general internet browsing, It does become distracting, despite the much louder fans I have now.

deathbat6916 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Wish you would have tested more games personally (Wildlands is really not the best benchmark, considering its iffy optimization, even The Division is a better benchmark choice imho), but this is a pretty solid build.

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BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Storage can be a pretty personal choice which changes based on needs, so if a small SSD works well enough instead of getting a larger HDD, then I wouldn't argue. It's also an easy upgrade down the road (either way).

customgtp 24 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I feel ssd is a necessity not a personal choice actually... The performance difference if so far apart and a 120gb ssd can be purchased for $50

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Necessity is a pretty strong word. While you don't have to argue the benefits of the OS and multiplayer games with large level loads being installed onto an SSD, it's not preferable to having sufficient space for your build's needs. Especially since SSDs/HDDs are about the simplest of "do it later"/additive upgrades you can plan when budget dollars are strained.

So if you can get away with holding off on the HDD until later and manage with a small SSD for now, then great. Otherwise, I'd recommend having the sufficiently sized HDD and adding an SSD later.