Tired of waiting for the D400 to be released, and after much deliberation for the best choice between a D7100 and the D700, I pulled the trigger on the D700. Didn't like the feel and button configuration of the D7100. For now I wanted an FX body without the cost and file size of the D800. The main reason for me to upgrade was the low light capacity I couldn't get with my D300.
Much thanks to a few of my fellow Nikonians for their insight, and one Nikonian for providing the camera at a great price!