Thank you all for your response.
Yes, the DW715 @ $200 was what got this whole thing started. Since the price was so good, I picked it up first and then started to think about what type of projects I wanted to do.
In the end, I took the DeWalt back to the store and picked up a completely different saw: Mastercraft
@ $320. I wanted the slider feature and had some money in gift cards for the Canadian tire store. So, this was purely a financial/feature decision rather then quality/accuracy.
Nonetheless, I found this forum and have read some really informative threads. I will come back for more.