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After a lot of research, need help on final choice

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I've spent the last 3 days researching SSD's; I've read a ton of reviews, forum threads, support forums, etc... I though studying up on all this would make it easier to choose my 1st SSD, but it actually did the opposite. I'm now even more lost.
However, I did manage to cut my choices down to the following models:

1. Samsung 470 120GB

2. Corsair Force Series F115/F120

3. Intel X25-M 80GB

4. Kingston V+100 96GB

But this is as far as I've got. And I could really use some help deciding. From my understanding samsung is the most problem-free of the bunch, with custom controller. Intel is the standard, and kingston is pretty much a best-buy as far as price/capacity ratio. Corsair I'm less familiar with.
My goal is best 4k R/W performance and highest IOPS (as I've learned this to be the most important real-world spec when it comes to SSD, but correct me if I'm wrong), while making sure I have 0 problems with the SSD, as it's going into a PC that I use for professional audio/video editing as a system disk.

Which would you choose and why?
Thanks in advance
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I'd actually look for a non-E version of the OCZ Vertex 2...like this one. IIRC, the E-series, while still fast, doesn't have the performance of the non-E.

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I'd actually look for a non-E version of the OCZ Vertex 2...like this one. IIRC, the E-series, while still fast, doesn't have the performance of the non-E.

Vertex 2 SSD's had huge problems (been on their forums a lot) and although I'd like the extra performance they offer, I'm not really comfortable buying an SSD's from a company who thinks changing the performance, capacity and MTBF of a drive without a price drop or model nuber change is ok. And this is exactly what they did with their v2 SSD's when they switched to 25nm, and it caused a lot of bad publicity. Not to mention a lot of very angry customers. Hence why I didn't include OCZ in my list.
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Okay so I'm seriously going crazy right now. I've stared my ssd search by looking at cheap 60gb drives, then switched to faster 60gb drivers, then decided to go for a slower 120gb drive, and finally, to go all out and get a quality 120gb ssd. My budget went from 100$ to 250$. One would think I'd have a whole selection to choose from, but instead, I keep finding problems with every brand/model I look at;
Intel 320 series - has the notorious 8mb bug
Ocz vertex 3 - BSOD's, firmware issues, dissapearing disks.
Corsair - same as ocz.
Samsung - no longer available here.

Seriously... Is there an ssd brand/model that just works? And more importantly, are these ssd problems common or rare?
My choices are: intel 320 series, corsair force series, ocz vertex/agility/solid 2/3, kingston v+100

Any help is appreciated.
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I've got a Vertex3, the performance is great although I do have the bsod issue (not often) haven't tried the new firmware yet, so can't comment on it.

We've got 12 of the Corsair at work, the performance isn't as great as the Vertex, and one of them popped within two weeks, the other 11 are still ok a month later so far.

I'd actually be interested to see if there's any ssd's that are issue free, I haven't really kept an eye on it after buying my Vertex3.
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