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BitFenix Nova TG / Ryzen 3 Build

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.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

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.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 28 months ago
  • -2 points

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

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 28 months ago
  • -2 points

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

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

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.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

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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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Boot times and overall performance.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 4 points

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).

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

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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  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget gamer build!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol Bonus peel. Very satisfying. Thanks.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

nah.. SSDs for the OS are awesome

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

more build videos please :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

We're working on it. :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 0 points

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

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

not that much though.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

true

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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