Heh. Well, I spent another day reading posts from this forum. I've since learned that my noob cry for help is one of endless posts in the clutter. Searching through all the past information, I think I have developed a good feel for what I need. Thanks for the help already given.
My conclusions for anyone who cares:
+Get good boots after many fittings
+Ride makes good bindings, might as will stick with them to avoid analysis paralysis
+158 or 160 all-mountain board will be good for 160 lbs with limited/no park riding (west US)
+There are tons of great boards from many manufacturers:
Never Summer Legacy/Premier
Atomic Cold Smoke
+So just buy one that's a good deal
If I'm blatently wrong, let me know.