After a lot of thinking, I went with a Stihl BR430. I got it out the door for $415 after tax. I used it for about 4 hours over the weekend, and it worked great. I had no complaints whatsoever. It was easy to start, easy to use, and had tons of power (compared to my old Echo handheld).
But, I stumbled across $100 (my parents gave it to me), and the dealer told me I could trade in for a different model within 7 days if I wanted.. so, I brought it back today and traded it in for a BR600 Magnum.
I haven't used it yet, but if it's anything like the BR430 (just better!), I'm sure I'll be happy. All in all, I'm out $505 for the BR600 and it should last me for a loooooong time.