Go Corsair or Kingston. Corsair simply makes most of the good stuff (for a midrange price), and if it still fails, their RMA has been top-notch even in otherwise forgotten areas (given that retailer, if there is one, isn't some totally irresponsible shyte). Kingston - about the same for a bit less monies. OCZ and, strangely, Crucial/Micron have failed me one time too many. Other ones I can't vouch for, not enough data by far.
As for 16 GB: because I couldn't afford a decent SSD, I've recently bumped from 8 to 16 GB, so that I can use ramdisk. Poor man's solution - reading in/writing out, obviously, still sucks, but after that it's warp speed 10, and, moreover, I don't have to worry about life span of writes or anything. If it's cheap - why not! Moar