You can get a ported barell taurus for around 400.
Mine was only 250 brand new, in box, and never fired from an old guy trying to liquidate his collection before he died so his familly wasn't stuck with the task of doing so. It's a 617B (2" bbl. ported, 7-shot 357) and I couldn't be happier with it. It has always worked, the trigger is fantastic (surprisingly for such an affordable firearm...I was expecting worse.), and the warranty cannot be beat. Anyway, it sort of comes down to how much you're willing to spend. You can get a really nice used ruger for the same cost as a new taurus most of the time, and a new ruger isn't THAT much more. I think the fit and finish is a LITTLE bit better on a ruger though.
Basic rundown as far as quality and price goes:
Rossi < Taurus < Ruger < S&W