Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn
Intel ain't too good. The price combined with the years old Sandforce controller isn't a good thing.
Kingstong makes their memory in-house IIRC, and their SSDNow series is cheap. The HyperX series goes on sale fairly often too. They aren't the best, but they're good on a budget.
OCZ has lots of sales on their drives. I'm not actually sure about any good or bad models specifically and they have gotten much better in the past years, but I tend to avoid them on principle.
SanDisk is a huge NAND flash maker, mostly for SD cards and compact flash cards, but they have good SSDs, such as the 256GB, sub-$160 Ultra Plus. Good drive, and probably top three in bang for your buck.
Corsair is in the same boat as Intel: pricey and outdated. They aren't exactly bad, and I do like that they have mid-tier drive capacities (180GB and 360GB specifically), but you'd spend the same on the next size up from a different company.
Samsung and Crucial are awesome. Find a sale and get the appropriate capacity. Next.
Finally, there are a few other companies that I just don't know much about: Mushkin, Plextor, Toshiba, and ADATA. Sean has a couple Plextor drives, I think M5Ps, so ask him. Toshina's NAND is used in all kinds of SSDs, but I don't know about their drives specifically.
In general, companies that make most of the parts in-house have lower prices. Toshiba, Crucial, Samsung, SanDisk, and possibly somebody I'm forgetting are the big ones.