haha, yes I see the date, but just to play along:
You'll have a very hard time buying new Sandforce (-controller based) SSDs. Intel 535 is the most recent I can think of. I have plenty of Sandforce based SSDs still in service, working perfectly. In fact, I'm pretty sure I haven't lost a Sandforce drive yet, except for a Corsair F90 where the plastic around the SATA and power connector snapped.
As far as USB enclosures, I like this one (Newegg link)
. It has a metal body although the tray inside is plastic. I got a different Syba IOCrest last month and the whole thing is plastic, and the "tray" is pathetic.
Be careful on inserting this (or any G34 chip) into the socket. Once you pull that restraining lever, it is either a good install or a piece of silicon jewelry.