For the very simple reason that I retained those from my previous system.
Have you measured a difference? I have about the same build, just with the stock fans and fanless Seasonic Platinum, 970 Gaming from MSI and i5 instead of i7. Do the case fans run more silent when plugged in the mobo instead of the built in fan control?
RAM: 32GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical
GFX: MSI Geforce GTX760 2GB Gaming
>spending more money for RAM than for GPU or CPU
I doubt you do heavy video editing because otherwise an i7 and a decent GPU would have been the better investment. Do you run your entire system from RAM? Or several dozen nested VMs?
I don't recall asking for a critique on my hardware but since you're wondering this is my workstation for pro photography and digital art and I will get into 4K in the near future.
You might have gotten the wrong idea that my rig is a new built, probably my own fault for posting in this thread. There's years between the CPU, RAM and GPU upgrade.
As for RAM, you can never have enough, especially when you work with large multilayered files in photoshop. If you do heavy editing you should have known that already because it should be the same for 3D and Video. Have you tried 32GB? It made a big difference for me coming from 16GB which was maxed out rapidly in my workflow. Same with GPU RAM these days, the 760GTX is decent enough btw. Of course the i7 is included in my next upgrade. The HyperThreading alone is worth it.
Thanks for the critique though