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Writing this post pretty much concludes the journey of building this PC, my first PC to say the least. I started planning this build around February of 2016, so it has definitely taken some time to finish. A lot of research went into the particular parts that I wanted to coexist with each other within the case to portray a few main things that I wanted this PC to come to. Mainly for gaming, content creation and productivity, I also wanted a slick and neutral theme that could look good with whatever LED's that I had on depending on the mood.
The name Maverick comes from a few different attributes. One of which is that it is inspired from the movie Top Gun, but more specifically the F14 (I like aviation). Stealthy, and neutral perfectly embodies both the F14 and hopefully my computer, which is what I was going for. So let me know what you think!
Here are a few part reviews, and if you anybody has any questions (as I know I certainly did) feel free to dm me.
Awesome processor, especially if you can get a good deal on it. For gaming, an i5 would be better if you are conscious about the price, but due to the content and productivity, I opted for the i7. Now referring to the 7700k, I do not think that it is worth upgrading too, however, I personally would have bought the Kaby Lake from the start if it was available at the time, but the performance/price difference are not that far off from each other.
This cooler happened to just come out as I was looking for an AIO, and there were a few reasons as to why I chose this over my other option, the Corsair h110i. First off, look how sexy that infinity mirror is, and the led functionality is incredible. While looking into reviews, I also noticed that the Kraken was much quieter than that of the h110i, something to take note if you are in the market for a cooler. The only thing that is a minor concern is the CAM software that is used to control the AIO. Sometimes I have to reinstall the software to get it to work properly, but because it is so new, it should only take a few updates which should come soon to fix it overall. This is as of Jan. 31st btw.
Just to clear this up, this motherboard was expensive, however, I personally found the traits and features of this board to be well worth the price tag. The ROG shield really adds to the clean and neutral look that I was going for. Connectivity is great, the dual M.2 slots will definitely be used in the future, and the software that comes with this board is also really nice.
I chose this card over the ASUS ROG 1080, but I really liked the industrial monochrome look that EVGA did. Not to mention that the LED's are a nice touch. Given that this is one of the best 1080's that you can buy (ti hasn't come out at the time of writing this) this card literally chews through games, and I can not be more impressed.
This case was by far my favorite out of everything that I looked at, and I couldn't be happier with the purchase. It was awesome to work in, however, I did find a few struggles with the hard drive cage while trying to include a third 120mm fan near the bottom of the front intake, but once I figured that out, everything else just fell into place. Tempered glass side panels are gorgeous, and the fact that both sides are transparent, it really puts some good pressure on you to do a good job with your cable management.
Oh my lord, this monitor is such a pleasure to use on the daily. Of course with incredible specs and performance, comes a huge price, but I think it is totally worth it if you have the budget to do so. The colors are incredible, along with the other features that it has. Definitely would recommend.