Originally posted by guitarplyrstevo
I know what you guys mean, but I simply just wont settle for stock fans. I am going to be running professional recording software which really makes the computer work and I do not want to risk anything if I'm going to be putting a lot of money in the computer.
By the way, I am going to be building this computer for a long period of time (3-5 months) so it wont take a huge toll on my money all at once. I will be buying a couple parts a month, so I wont see one to two grand gone just like that.
Keep in mind that I want this computer to last as long as it can before things become too outdated.
It's not as if stock cooling will ruin your parts if you are using your parts extensively. Stock coolers can handle 100% stress of your parts. However, if you want to overclock, or if you have a poor airflow in your case, better coolers will keep temperatures lower and increase the lifespan of your hardware (or rather, makes it decrease slower). You want it to settle as long as possible before it gets outdated - your parts will become outdated ten times quicker than they will break when moderately overclocking.
Water cooling is never a requirement, unless you want to push your parts to the extreme max, but those maxes can often be reached by buying higher end parts. It is mainly for noise (as said in this thread) and looking cool. An expensive set should cool better, but the difference between 25 and 30 degrees on a CPU is fairly negligable.