Samsung 830 256GB is in my opinion the best drive to buy. It has proven reliability, is one of the top drives in speeds (real world speed), and it's purr-ty. If you can buy in the next day, you can get it for $160 @ Newegg via the Quick Draw Deals. At this price it should be a no brainer. I am thinking of grabbing a second one actually myself.
Of course, the newer drives may post higher numbers in benchmarks, such as the Neutron GTX, 840, M5Pro,etc, but none have the proven trackrrecord of the830 ffor reliability. Search online for the SSD Torture Test, and you will see that the 830 has lasted through more P/E cycles than any otherddriv , by tens of thousands ofcycles. The Vertex failed before the Samsung really even started to get broken in!
And sure, having 2 Fusion-io® ioDrive Octal 5.12TB PCIe drives is nice ( loading Crysis levels in 7.2nanoseconds is a religious experience), I don't recommend selling your home for the things
Really, though, the Samsung 256GB 830 has been the best drive I've ever used, and I've installed a LOT of SSDs for friends/family rangingffrom the 60GB first generation drives to almost every single current popular drive (Intel 320/330/520, Samsung 830, OCZ Vertex3-4/Agility3-4/Solid/RevoDrive 3 x4/RevoDrive Hybrid, Corsair Force3/ForceGT/ForceGS/Performance Pro/Neutron GTX, Crucial C300/M4, Plextor M3, Kingston HyperX/HyperX 3K, and more), ranging from 30GB to 512GB. I can honestly say that under 99% of use, there is absolutely no distinguishable difference, but when I work on incompressible data (audio, vide , andphoto files that ccannot be compressed), the Samsung has been the fastest and most consistent drive by far.