I ordered a new system for a friend over the past week or so. The system build is tomorrow. Budget: $900. Focus: Well-rounded system, gaming at 1920x1080, schoolwork, etc. Everything was off Newegg except the case for free shipping.
In the future he can add an extra 6870 for more gaming potential, or a larger HDD for more space. The SSD was an awesome deal; normally I wouldn’t put one that large on a tight budget system. It’s also very fast, increasing the value greatly. He bought a new 24” Asus 1920x1080 monitor, but that was separate.
if you are not overclocking, get the i5 3450 and the h77-v. ivy has advantage over sandy bridge if you arent overclocking. the vertex 3 is very fast but very ustable. if you are to get a ssd, go with mushkin or crucial
The HIS had good reviews from what I've read. It was 20-30 cheaper than other brands at the time of pruchase as well.
As far as SSD's go, I've got both Intel and Crucial running at my house, and both have been great. I don't really like to discriminate against brands until I've had bad experiences with them myself.
I've done good builds with the i5 2500 before, haven't built an IB system yet, like to learn it on my own systems before building them for others. That's the only thing that influenced this decision. Makes a great fit with the UD3H motherboard.