I recently bought a new computer to put together myself and along with it I got an Intel X-25 SSD. There was something wrong with my SSD as it was only detected half the time. When I returned it, newegg say it is already sold out thus they went ahead and refund me the money as opposed to sending it back to me. I was looking for a suggestion on what is a better HDD because certain things of the SSD kinda scares me.
The VelociRaptor falls in your price range too. I would still stick with SSD though. Just because yours had issues doesnt mean its still not a good option. I have 2 30gb Vertex's in raid0 and have had absolutely no issues with them whatsoever and my system has never been faster or more responsive.