Thanks for the help. I spent a few weeks reading this forum as much as possible before pulling the trigger on any purchases. I have to say, this is by far the most helpful forum I have ever been a part of.
In the end I completed my task of coming up with a solid system for about $1000. Its solid for me anyways and blows away anything any of my friends or family have.
I ended up buying the Onkyo TX-NR609, the Bic F12 sub, Bic FH6-LCR center, 2 Bic FH-65B fronts, and a pair of Bic DV62si bookshelves for surrounds. I originally wanted a 7.1 setup but after looking through my collection of Blu-rays I found that most of them are only 5.1 so I decided it wasn't worth the money right now. I'm sure one day I will add those too.
I got everything and started to put it together after work last night. It took me a couple hours to strip the wire and run it through my walls and ceiling. I'm sure I could do it much faster now but I had never stripped speaker wire before and I had trouble with the first couple attempts.
The first movie we watched was Despicable Me because my girlfriend had never watched anything in 3D on a home theater and wanted to see it. It sounded pretty good but I wasn't impressed with my F12 sub. I know it isn't the most action packed movie but I thought It would be more involved than it was. This was an improvement over my old system but it was making us both question whether I should have spent the $1000. It was clearly better but it didn't have that wow factor I was hoping for.
Next it was my turn to pick a movie and I wanted something that could really test my new system. I picked The Dark Knight and all I can say is wow! The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack through my new system completely blew us away. The very first scene where the joker was robing the bank erased all doubt from my mind about both the F12 and the system as a whole. The truck driving scene later in the movie was just incredible!
Needless to say we are both really happy with our new setup even if the girlfriend originally thought it was stupid to spend that much money. Thanks to everyone on this forum. You guys have made me a member for a long time to come.