It's only been about a month since I've had my 5.0 and the hunger for more power has kicked in... never thought I'd want more especially coming from a 4 banger sub 200hp car... but I guess once you taste more, you want even more.
Yup, another addict is born.
Nice car. Hope you and it rode out the storm okay where you are.
It sure is fun making your car just a bit different, isn't it? And yeah, more power is always welcome. Just a thought on the process, if you don't mind a suggestion that may run a bit counter to what you have in mind. As with most forum members, I'll tell you what I did because obviously that has to be the best way, right?
I traded my '11 V6 Premium in 2014 for my current car (see signature). V6 to GT was a welcome and whole new world. Loved the power but extra weight made handling less than ideal. Wheel hop was unbearable. Went like this for about 6 months and drove the car and got to know it pretty well. Kind of finding out what I needed most in the process.
Did up the suspension a bit to fix handling issues and WOW, it was like getting a brand new car again. Loved it even more and for only a couple of thou had that new car feeling all over again.
A year later put the blower on, like you're planning, and again WOOHOO.....new car love yet again. Install is quite easy on these cars so that was a bit of fun as well. The blower really changed how the car handled under acceleration. In hindsight, I think driving the vehicle for the year and a half gave me the basis to cope. With street tires the blower will overcome traction easily in the first three gears with just a throttle punch. Awesome but easy to become a youtube dope for sure. (And that's with probably only about an estimated 520 rwhp, not even near what you are considering.)
So, could I suggest a staged process where you get to have a new vehicle for cheap a whole bunch of times while learning the car's foibles and becoming one with the beast? It's kind of a win/win in my opinion.
As to which forced induction there's probably no real correct answer. If you really don't want breakage with the stock engine you may want to consider the more conservative method of trusting Ford Racing and their Roush blower program. Although many will tell you it's too conservative a tune you will have the benefit of Ford's engineers and development people having input to best keep the motor safe and drive well in all conditions (like stock, in my case, until I hit it). Any forced induction will give a big change and thrill factor. It's true that an aftermarket tune and blower/turbo can take you closer to the edge and get additional power but it is not true that they have access to all of Ford's expertise, thousands of hours of testing under more than just full on conditions, etc. If you would be disturbed by breakage then it's something to consider. 700 hp is quite a bit for a daily driver, if that's what you have in mind. Is enough enough? Or is too much always just the right amount. The impossible question.....
Wishing you good luck with the storm and great times ahead with the new toy and
All the best.