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BoyScout Aug. 11, 2017

BitFenix released an updated version of their Nova mid tower case today called the Nova TG. They've given it a visual upgrade, adding a tempered glass side panel and an accent stripe down the front panel's side-mesh intakes. It's available in black with red accents (as seen here) or white with black accents.

Nova TG

To check out the case, we decided to build a Ryzen 3 1300X / GTX 1050 Ti based $650 (USD) gaming PC. Read below for the complete part list and watch the build video to see how it all came together.

Ryzen 3 1300X Build

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $129.00
Motherboard Asus PRIME B350-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $74.99
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $62.89
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $169.74
Case BitFenix Nova TG (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $46.89
Total at time of filming $633.49

We've posted a completed build with benchmarks and more photos. You can also watch our cable management video to see how Barry tidied things up for the final look of the build:

A big thanks to BitFenix for providing the Nova TG for us to use in this build.

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KevinMoondust 11 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Certain criticisms here:

  • No SSD bugs me in the year 2017.
  • A320 + 1300X means no OC, but a solid foundation anyway
  • That 1050Ti Mini has some of the worst thermals I've seen. Pick the ZOTAC OC, it's much, much better
  • WD for HDD please - Toshiba is going down (hope WD acquires them)

For the rest, quite fine. I wouldn't recommend that case, though. Reviews are lamenting the riveted drive cages getting in the way of longer GPUs (I see someone with a Ryzen 5 + RX580 using that case), and the TG add-on on so much cost-cutting (knock-out expansion slot covers, the aforementioned rivets, the flimsy steel used for all the case, the alarming CPU thermals) make me suggest you spend 20 extra USD if you want TG and go for the Enthoo Pro M from Phanteks.

austinp 2 points 20 months ago

Toshiba hard drives have been made by WD for some time now...

KevinMoondust 11 Builds -1 points 20 months ago

AFAIK Toshiba is on their own with HDDs, What WD does make though are Hitachi/HGST drives.

austinp 2 points 20 months ago

Toshiba's hard drive division seems joined with Hitachi which is under the WD umbrella somehow.

"Who makes Toshiba hard drives? Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) – 2002 merger of Hitachi and IBM disk drive businesses, sold to Western Digital in 2012 with part of 3.5″ manufacturing facilities going to Toshiba. Hokushin Electric Works. Honeywell Bull. IBM – hard disk drive business acquired by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in 2002."

It's that simple :P

That said I don't think they're any more likely to break than other hard drives from other brands unless the user pounds their SSD into the ground for 10+ years.

bloodstainer 1 point 20 months ago

For gaming only, not getting an SSD now can be a good way to save on the budget. It's something you can ALWAYS and easily add later.

KevinMoondust 11 Builds -7 points 20 months ago

Why not add from the get-go? It's almost cancerous to go with HDD in 2017, no matter how high NAND prices are. Even the puniest DRAM-less SSD will perform better than the top of the line 7200rpm spinning rust, and as long as it can hold the OS, it's a safe bet.

bloodstainer 2 points 20 months ago

Because of customization allows people to create a build who will suit them the best. If it's a dedicated gaming machine for someone with a slow internet connection, a HDD with massive storage will be a much greater boon, than a fast but much less storage capable SSD because they would have to uninstall/reinstall games.

And cancerous to go without an SSD? No, what's cancerous is how you are recommending people to go with an SSD, despite their budget, and I'd say that if someone is on such a tight budget that they're forced to use 8Gb of RAM, they are very much in the category of people where cutting corners to that extent would make skipping a SSD in the meanwhile to be very much valid. And the fact remains that getting 30-60Gb SSD isn't always that good, a lot of those older SATAII SSDs are QLC and will not last very long at all and it still requires people to get more than a single storage device. And again, it's down to money, if someone is on a strict budget for a gaming build, getting a 1060 3gb instead of a 1050 ti can be the difference between SSD or HDD.

Especially for gamers who keep their rigs on 24/7 and never shut them off.

hydraulix 1 point 19 months ago

8GB of RAM is perfectly fine for 95% of users.

I have 32GB in my computer, but even with a game, 8 chrome tabs, steam, and a movie going, it only uses 5.6. You'll hit a CPU/GPU bottleneck waaaayyyy before the RAM bottleneck on pretty much all workloads, even rendering.

Not going to bother weighing in on the hard drive thing.

bloodstainer 1 point 19 months ago

That is not how a CPU distributes workflow. 8 chrome tabs means nothing. 8 chrome tabs could mean below 1Gb of RAM to over 3Gb of RAM. And the CPU won't be very taxed by that.

KevinMoondust 11 Builds 0 points 20 months ago

No SSD sold today from a respectable brand has SATA II interface. Picking QLC is also out of the equation. With the very last Silicon Motion-powered DRAM-less SSDs hitting the market, there is a better choice than what you're saying, because those choices are to be left aside.

I never talked about picking only an SSD, but a combo. And by no means is for me a big SSD a recommendation. With a 128GB SSD for the OS and the HDD for games, it's enough. Or if you don't plan on bloating your OS with software, putting a light eSports game or two (the most probable use case scenario for this Ryzen configuration) is feasible.

Finally, you are forgetting the 1060s are still being marked up because of mining, no matter if it's the 1060-3 or the 1060-6. Besides, no matter how much better performance you get, anything below 4GB of VRAM is going to struggle when playing in 1080p, which is now becoming the norm. I would advise the RX470-4/570-4 before even thinking of the 1060-3. But then again that card is also afected by the cryptocurrency mining craze.

My end Config would be the 1300X plus A320 mobo, a 120GB Corsair Force LE (for example), 1TB WD Blue, 2x4GB sticks, a EVGA 450BT (it's so cheap, despite it being non-modular), the ZOTAC GTX1050Ti OC or an AORUS 570-4.

bloodstainer 1 point 20 months ago

SATAII is the same interface as SATAIII, But not all SSDs being sold here are running close to 500MB/s read/write, so there are definitely SATA II SSDs. When talking about the cheap SSDs you claim are better than any HDD, there are definitely lower quality SSDs. I'm not saying you SHOULD pick a QLC SSD, but you can't both demand quality, tell people to get an SSD in every build, and still ínsist on that being something everyone can do that's on a budget. I would say the Corsair Force is kind of a bad SSD for the price. Much better to get a bigger SSD and a b350 board and R5 1200. Not overclocking is just bad.

C0wK1ng 1 point 20 months ago

Why are you crying about a build not having an SSD it's not a big matter since this is a gaming PC you probably want more storage over boot time.Plus people can upgrade to an SSD over time you don't need one that instant.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

tdmaster -2 points 20 months ago

I dont understand why people are requiring ssds, i would rather have mass storage than 500gbs of storage that costs 125$. I dont understand why people consider a ssd as a staple in computers

SFrostyMF 0 points 19 months ago

It's great way to save time, and don't have to wait for program's to open especially if you have multiple that open every time you turn on your pc. I see why spending an extra $60 or so pushes you away from the idea' but im looking at putting in a m.2 in my rig which btw is faster then a regular ssd. anyways it comes down to what you want to do' nobody is forcing you its your own opinion.

tdmaster 1 point 19 months ago

Yea i know, it kinda bugs me when i see one in a budget build. I still dont have a ssd because i dont have the money to get a 500gb(which i need because i need to move like 270gbs of data), and the loading times really arent that bad. Like i said i see it as a luxury to make life easier, not a mandatory thing.

bxreap3r 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I have built PCs with and without SSDs. And I agree it is very much a luxury item if you have the money but not a necessity if you are trying to get your build done as quickly as possible. I spent $45 on 120gb SSD just for Boot and Steam and I will agree it doesn't even feel like the same PC when compared to booting off a HDD. I wouldn't build anything for myself without one in the future either. But an SSD can always come later you don't have to carve that into your initial budget. They even have software to help move operating systems onto SSDs.

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fastcjgt3 1 point 19 months ago

still getting a cheap ssd wouldn't hurt for a fast boot up.

zdazzle 1 point 19 months ago

Cheap and SSD are not words that belong in the same sentence. Dropping $80 on a 125gb isn't worth it because you can just save another $30 and get a 250gb. Or save another $50 and get a 500gb, etc. The price can quickly add up and getting an SSD on a budget build isn't really that needed. It's a budget build after all.

Lovethecreeper 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Not everyone needs a large SSD. a cheap 64GB one will due if all you want is to have a drive that can boot Windows and run basic applications quickly.

SirMrGuyHuman -6 points 20 months ago

You can get an SSD for 50 dollars, so there is no excuse. Also, I put SSD's in even the cheapest builds.

Izzius 1 point 20 months ago

An alt build with slightly cheaper RAM, a 1 TB HDD and the r3 1200 would have allowed for a 50-80$ SSD. The 1300X is really for people who don't want to OC that much.

KevinMoondust 11 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

That's why I suggested an A320. Either go for B350 + R3-1200 or A320 + R3-1300X if you're penny pinching here.

Izzius 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah, sorry I misunderstood.

tragiktimes101 1 Build 0 points 19 months ago

Then they're not "the cheapest builds" as you say.

KevinMoondust 11 Builds -7 points 20 months ago

If Ryzen needs to be OCd for it to get a competitive performance level, then something's wrong with Ryzen. Maybe you don't want OC. I stand by my point of suggesting an A320 for this build and sparing the extra cash towards another upgrade. If you need to pick another CPU,then go for an X Ryzen CPU in the future to bridge the gap between OC and no OC.

bloodstainer 5 points 20 months ago

What? You're recommending factory OC and locked motherboard, over lower clocked and OC capable motherboard? that's just silly. A 1200 will beat a 1300X if it's OC above the 1300X boost, which isn't even hard to get to. That's some moon logic right there.

KevinMoondust 11 Builds -1 points 20 months ago

I'm recommending that on the basis that not everyone wants or likes to overclock. Please read my comments again. In this build, my recommendation is sensible on the grounds that the build is meant to save some cash. A320 motherboards' price difference between them and the B350 recommendations is larger than the gap between a 1200 and a 1300X.

bloodstainer 3 points 20 months ago

Not the point I'm making. The fact remains that we should always give people advice on how to get the most bang for their buck, and not telling people to OC when they have an unlocked multiplier, to me, that's hipocracy, sure I understand that not everyone will OC, but that doesn't we should still tell them to because it's free extra performance.

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KevinMoondust 11 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Boot times and overall performance.

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Cooe 1 Build 4 points 20 months ago

Lol you've obviously never used an SSD as a boot drive before hahaha. To say it's a life changing experience is putting it incredibly mildly. Nothing will improve general day to day performance more, absolutely nothing (not even jumping from Ryzen 3 to Threadripper).

mctavish01 3 points 20 months ago

Cooe you are on point, I personally feel the same way. Even on my most budget, I would never recommend not getting a SSD.

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A5PECT 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Dammit, tempered glass alongside non-reusable expansion slot covers.

I suppose it's nice having a tempered glass option at the $60 price point. Phanteks' P300 seems like a much better option, though who knows when or if it actually comes out.

Pawacorn 5 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Phanteks' P300 seems like a much better option

Agreed. I heard the thermals aren't good in the BitFenix Nova TG and I don't like the internal layout, it looks dated. You would have to remove the upper 2.5” trays to fit a long video card.

A5PECT 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

From what I could tell, all of the drive cages are riveted in the Nova TG. So, yeah. The design is really dated.

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I'd say that it looks pretty good. But I don't think that I'd go on this low of a budget. But now that we've had what, like two builds in two days and one of them being a Ryzen 3, I hope that they do a Threadripper build with benchmarks just so I can see it's capabilities.

So just a question for PCPP staff, is there a Threadripper build planned?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Yep. It didn't work out to have it ready for launch week, but definitely have something in the works. :)

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Awesome. I'd really like to see it and some benchmarks to go along with it.

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Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Great budget gamer build!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Lol Bonus peel. Very satisfying. Thanks.

bloodstainer 1 point 20 months ago

I'd have probably ditched the 2TB drive and gotten something like a 250gb SSD and upgraded with a 1TB HDD later on. And I've have bought the 1200 not the 1300X, and put that money into getting aGTX 1060 3gb instead of a 1050 ti

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Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

nah.. SSDs for the OS are awesome

jglann 1 point 20 months ago

Excellent job but I wanna see really well into the parts you are assembling...get more lights in your studio -> https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1337224-REG/dracast_drsp_lk_3x500_b_s_silver_series_led500_bi_color.html (order 3 of those and just light the place up... paint all the walls white too)

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

more build videos please :D

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

We're working on it. :)

ThisL 0 points 20 months ago

Personally, I dont like this build. I managed to get a 1060 GB and a G4560 under $700 :D https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rxDLQV

ray135 1 point 19 months ago

A cooler is not needed at all for your build, and the G4560 is a bottleneck.

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

not that much though.

ray135 2 points 19 months ago

You're right, but a Ryzen 3 and a B350 motherboard would be a better choice. G4560+1060 makes sense, but I recommend getting a 1050Ti or Ryzen+1060.

His build would be about the same price if he got a Ryzen 1200 and a micro ATX B350, and not much more if more ram slots are needed.

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 19 months ago


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BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Sorry about that -- they've been posted now.

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