I’ve had many power cuts (sometimes my own fault) and each of my Crucial M4 (1 x 256 and 2 x 128’s, the 128’s are 3 years old) have been rock solid.
Intel are the best SSD’s but you do pay the premium for them(didn’t realise they had batteries in them for power failures), having one as a boot drive will make you wonder how you dealt with mechanical drives before.
No need for UPS or anything, make sure only your operating system and primary apps are on that drive and use a old school mechanical drive for storage of data you wish to keep. If you are really worried then I’d suggest WD Reds for that drive as they the NAS spec drives
Taki, my last good laptop kept melting graphics cards and Dell eventually told me to piss off and wouldn’t cover any more replacements. It was just over 2k when bought new. I paid a small chunk but work picked the rest.
Dell XPS M1710 with the red hot(literally) Nvidia 7950 GTX card, subsequently I got used to taking it apart, removing the gfx card and reflowing the solder by placing it in the oven on low for 10 mins.
Mind you now its not used on a daily basis for gaming its been mega, runs Ubuntu very nicely.
The one thing that always stopped me from getting an SSD (apart from, y’know, having to sell a minor organ to pay for one) was knowing what was good or bad in the market. Everyone goes “woo, SSD!” but quality and performance seem to vary wildly.