I don’t have a Max, but I recently got a 3 Pro. It’s my second printer, so I’m starting from a point further along than you are.
When my wife and my brother-in-law expressed a desire to get me a new printer for Christmas, they asked which one. I said the Ender because of the enormous community behind it. And there are a ton of modifications/improvements that can be made. I assume it’s the same for the Max too.
I have plans to change mine to direct drive, because I do use flexible filament occasionally, and Bowden drives don’t do as well with that.
If you’re not planning to print flexible, the drive and hot end work well in the stock form. I suggest, though, that you purchase Capricorn Bowden Tube to replace the stock tubing AND the fittings.
I suggest you watch some (a lot) of videos and start slow, learning what works for your printer.
Some YouTube channels to get you started:
To name a couple.
Experiment with speeds/temperatures to see what gives you the best results.
Remember that the more square/parallel you can assemble your printer, the easier it will be to tune for best results.
Above all else, have fun! Don’t get frustrated, ask for help on forums like this one, and enjoy the rewarding moment when the part you created comes off the printer.