If you're looking for a good starter iSCSI SAN solution I'd highly recommend using Intel or Broadcom based NICs that support HBA & iSOE, and an iSCSI appliance (though this is more a matter of preference).
I'd be very hesitant about using SSDs in a SAN solution. They haven't been tested in such a configuration extensively, and uptime is paramount in most SANs.
From my experience the #1 pitfall people get into is "that's too expensive" before they carefully evaluate the possibilities of downtime (which is inevitable) and how their solution mitigates failures. An iSCSI appliance like the HP MSA2000i or Dell MD3000i have great performance, and excellent warranties including 4 hour response. If the cost isn't justified, you should carefully consider what benefits the SAN provides in the first place.
Also, having a good sales rep from a reseller can help a lot when trying to find products to evaluate. Personally my sales rep at CDW has been excellent at listening to my requirements and providing choices to build a solution.
If you can list a few of your requirements (what the SAN will be serving for instance) it might help in making a recommendation. You haven't listed what this will be used for, so it's very hard to say if it's a good idea or not.