Thanks! I see we've reached some similar conclusions. I also have a couple of questions based on your response:
Is the SSD really worth the cost and the risk? I'm not concerned about the limited-write issue, as I doubt I would ever "wear out" the drive that way within the lifespan of this computer. But as I understand it, they are rather vulnerable to power outages, which can damage the controller and kill the drive. Reliability was my concern there, which is also why I'm staying away from RAID 0 this time.
Games really don't use 16 GB of RAM, and won't for years to come? Also, what is better about the Ares RAM? I confess to a lack of knowledge here -- I just went with what was of the correct speed and popular. My knowledge of the mysteries of RAM is limited to "always buy G.SKILL," good advice given by a friend years ago.
That and a possibly outdated belief that more is always better.
Finally, how low would you suggest dropping the PSU wattage? I went a bit higher than necessary in the combined interest of silence and longevity. This PSU's fan's won't activate if it draws less than 500 W of power. Also, I know power supplies degrade over time, and I really don't want to have to replace it until I'm ready to replace the whole computer.
I'm explaining my reasoning not in the interest of argument, but to find out whether I'm wrong.
Oh, and I should add that I don't overclock anything. I had a disastrous experience with that once, many years ago, and while I know overclocking has become much simpler, easier, and safer, I still prefer to leave that to the experts. I do, however, appreciate components that are designed to stand up to the rigors of overclocking, on the assumption that this will translate well to longevity.