This will be my first custom pc build I'll be making. I'm wondering what you guys think if my build is sufficient enough for next gen gaming.
I will add another 16gb of ram in the future, as well as sli gtx 770 with a new psu that will be compatible.
I'm too scared for water cooling at the moment, because I'm worried that I'll spill the water.
Please, tell me your opinions on improvements I can do.
if all its gonna be used for is gaming you will see no difference between the i5 and the i7. i would just get the i5 and put the money towards other parts . and on the water cooling its not that bad you just have to triple check all of your connections . i've done 4 systems so far without one leak .
What do you mean by "best performance overall"? Exactly what are you going to use this computer for? If it's only gaming and general use, then there's no point for an i7. Unless you do a lot of video editing, CAD work, etc. then you're fine with an i5. An i7 will not future proof you in any way.
-i5 and 8gb of ram is plenty for games
-Samsung 840 EVO is faster and similarly priced.
-Cheaper board, has everything you need.
-2gb of vram is plenty at 1080p.
-Bigger and cheaper psu.
-Switched out the case. Either case is good, I just prefer the Phantom 410 over the CM Storm Enforcer.