A used Black or Sunburst MIJ strat for about $550-$600 on Craigslist, or I could get a New Black or Sunburst MIM for $430?
Dean Icon PZ
Line 6 Variax 700
Dean V-Wing
Dean ML 79 SilverBurst
MXR M 108
H2O Chorus/Echo
Valve Junior (V3 Head/Cab and Combo)
VHT Special 6
Phonic 620 Power Pod PA
Wampler Super Plextortion
Line 6 Pod HD
Have you ever played either? Why would you want to buy a guitar for that amount of money based upon what a faceless individual (or a few) tells you on an internet forum without forming your own opinions first?

Go play both (or all four) and then you won't need to ask.

Sorry for being an arse but seriously............