Trust me and go with the slash, I have the 4x4 and it is so much fun. There is a reason Traxxas sells so many of them.
I bought mine from Ebay used and it was $350 for a brushless with 2 lipo batterys and a charger. You can buy cheap 3s lipos off of HobbyKing and it will do 45mph all day. I put a set of paddles on it and took it to SL and I could hydroplane across lake michigan if I wanted to and pull wheelstands like crazy!
I just checked ebay for a few days and waited for a good deal, they are out there!