So the new build im going for could be either, Intel or AMD. Just to let y'all know, it's been probably 3-4 years since i've been building and I am astonished on how the products have grown to where I don't know what I am doing any more. HAHA. Anyways, here's my perspective. Also, the reason why I have the 550 TI and a higher end mobo is I might go for a bigger gpu later on in the future.
GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $134.99
CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel $33.99
Optical: LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM $18.99
Tower: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99
1: get ivy bridge. they are faster
2: get asrock extreme for ivy bridge chip
3: there isnt a point of getting a full tower case when you dont need it. get the phantom 410 if you like the phantom
4: get the xfx XXX 750w power supply. it is much better. if you dont need modular cables, get the 7500w core edition. if you are not to run dual gpu setups, get a 550w version
5: 550ti is stupidly slow. the 560 or 6870 isnt that much more but you get a lot more performance
6: need some more low profile ram. mushkin blackline is a good choice
7: seagate barracuda 1tb with 64mb cache is cheaper and just as fast as the black drive if not faster.
I'd go for a lot more powerful graphics card. The 550ti is not the greatest performer, does not SLI too well, etc. Everything else looks pretty good to me. What is you budget and what resolution are you looking at?
graphics card....... I don't know which else I could choose from, Like I said earlier.... I haven't been in the building research for over 3 years + so every thing is almost new to me with fast technology changes... I think that was the last time i was even logged into tomshardware.com