I ended up buying an 8300...
AMD 6770 (which I`ll most likely replace)
On sale for $999. No shipping, after tax was around $1150.
Although I`ve been buying Dell`s for 12 years with no problems - I did price out before hand using Newegg and Tigerdirect, and when I added in the time for me to put the system together, the shipping costs, and the 'warranties' if something DID go wrong (Considering I have one year next day service from Dell) for me it was a no brainer.
Some of us are just lazy - and for me, Dell was the best 'lazy' option