Intel SSDs are expensive (I don’t know why); a Crucial 512GB is $609. (Both SSDs use the same Marvell controller but the Crucial has twice the cache.)
I can’t find a 600GB Raptor for under $299. ($0.50/GB)
64GB SSD ($109) + 2TB Black ($220) + Z68 caching = effectively a 2TB SSD. Don’t have a Z68 chipset? Use Junctions to move the games you currently play over to your SSD. ($0.15/GB, $0.23/GB for 1TB Black instead ($140)).
My games alone wouldn’t fit on a 600GB drive but they do on the 2TB and they run instantly. A 128GB SSD lets me install windows/some programs on the SSD for a boot-to-idle-desktop time shorter than my POST time.
The problems you’ve no doubt heard about are from a particular SandForce controller (22xx) frequently found in off-brands/unproven brands. SSDs aren’t any less reliable than HDDs (there was a study done in France, I think) and when an SSD fails, its memory is still readable for up to a year–not so for HDDs.
Currently, and why I got on this forum, is that I am testing 10 WD Blues with 12k-40k hours; three had to go to the trash and its looking like three more are headed there. Two are good and the last two I couldn’t trust to a client/important machine. HDDs aren’t without their rash of problems.
My point is to look at value and the writing on the wall.