Quoting ♥~Xan~♥:" Grats! Personally Id go with the refurb. Do you feel like you need a battery grip? And maybe the entry ... [snip!] ... And maybe the entry level Canon's feel cheap, but once you get up into the prosumer/professional levels its anything but "
We have a few canons and I have a mid to upper level one I use most right now that I absolutely love, the quality of the photos and video is outstanding. It was a little less than $2,000(with the lens)
I have shot with a Nikon plenty, I did a fun engagement shoot with one a while ago and the photos were excellent.
So I think it's really about personal preference because IMO both brands are great. I use to use a Nikon for a short time in the early 90's then when cannon came out with the 35mm rebble I one back in the late 90's and I have stuck with them ever since.