Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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.

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Monitor

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.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Is the Kraken in a push pull config?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

As of now yes, I am comparing a few different configs and going from there.

  • 32 months ago
  • 4 points

Better watch out a gamer chick might move in and date you for your rig haha, that's what my fiancé did and I haven't played on mine since :/ lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

lol +1!

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Really beautiful build, quite close to mine :)). Love it!

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

I saw and up-voted your build when it came out and was so excited because of the similarity, it gave me something to look forward too when I was receiving all of my parts. Loved the build man!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank u, glad it was useful! One question: Was it easy for you to screw those 3 Corsair fans to the top grill? It was a nightmare with my 2 SP120...

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally found it pretty easy, as the top bracket slides out to which I just attached the fans from there, and wired them accordingly.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I was talking about the combination of the fan holes with the screws...it was half an hour each in my case LOL.

Those rubber holes are a piece of crap!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn! Nice job man!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thank you!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Love those cable combs! One heck of a build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the compliment!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Based on what ive seen from your build, that gorgeous case could fit two 360 rad for top and both, am i right?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you can do up to a 360 both top and front. However, if you use a 360 up front, you will have to remove the hard drive cage that is below the PSU shroud. This move also eliminates the usage of all of the drive brackets that are an option near the front of the case as well. Just something to think about.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply M.2 man xD, is that a pillow as hand-wrist for keyboard?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply M.2 man xD, is that a pillow as hand-wrist for keyboard?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice setup. How do you like your chair? +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Such dank much wow.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredible build you have there, hope you are enjoying it as you have put a lot of effort into it. I just find it sad how I will never be able to afford such an amazing setup as yours. That is like a dream pc for me!

Anyway...aside from that, how is it going so far with the games, and do you plan to do any upgrades for the future? ( Such as a 1080 ti when it comes)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey badjazy, I want to start off by saying that I would be more than happy with an eleven-hundred dollar build (consisting of a 1070 and an i5) but I was able to work hard enough through school and work to be able to get a good enough job to afford something like this. Trust me, I couldn't afford any of this a few years ago, so to you I can say that if you truly put in the effort and work hard, in time good things will come.

As far as the games go, everything is so buttery smooth, and I love that about this particular rig. I am in a bit of a pickle however, as I obviously bought the 1080 FTW right before the 1080ti was beginning to be rumored, not to mention that the EVGA 1080 FTW2 just launched as well. So to answer that dilemma, I will have to wait and see the exact performance gains of the ti, and compare to see if it is worth it to upgrade. I am hoping to do SLI one day as well. Thanks for the kind comments!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Build aside, I'd love to know what table top that is.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

its Karlby tabletop from Ikea, with two Alex drawers:)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Was it is easy to install the motherboard, no problems? Thanks!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Insanely easy!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building an almost identical build and that looks gorgeous, I'm curious how you set your fans up. As far as which is pulling and pushing.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this motherboard have an onboard internet card?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes with a wifi reciever

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok , thanks! :D

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

what desk is that ?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

If you read through the comments I give all the info:)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

what desk?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

If you read through the comments I give all the info:)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build, very similar to my Z370 planned build :) Are they corsair Graphite cables btw?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

love the build. is this the full size IKEA Karlby countertop or the 74x1 1/2? im aiming to approach a look that is near similar to yours.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yupp, full size.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The painting in the background original? im hoping to get one of my DSLR pictures blown up to a similar degree for the living room but the places in town do a terrible job. Did you go through an online source for that process or was that found in an art gallery? just curious!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Another point I kinda forgot to mention was that I wanted to future-proof the build to an extent. So I plan on adding another 1080 soon, along with other goodies. Thanks for the comment tho!

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It is actually an Ikea Karlby countertop, that is placed on top of two Alex drawer sets, which are from Ikea as well.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that the "brown-gray-black" color they have? Last i checked ikea barely had black furniture.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It is the Brown

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