Actually, USAir_757, if the 7E does have the 4 fps, it is faster than the N80, which is only at 2.5 fps (with the grip, probably around 2 without)
I currently own an N80 after looking at several other brands including Canon, Minolta and Pentax. After ruling out Minolta and Pentax, seeing that the majority of pro photogs out there only use Nikon and Canon, it came down to two models - the N80 and the Canon equivalent (I don't remember which one it was, but it was older technology, perhaps the predecessor to the 7E; I could be wrong, I don't pay much attention to Canon nowadays)
I love my N80 and it will eventually make a great backup when I go digital or get an F5. Autofocus is great, as is the exposure. The only real fault I have with the camera is the flash - Nikon really should have left this one out, but it does occasionaly come in handy in certain situations. The other thing is the lack of a grip with a vertical shutter, but it is only a 'consumer' rather than a 'pro' model.
I purchased it with the 75-300 f4.0-5.6 and the 28-80 f3.5-5.6. I'm itching to replace that small zoom with the 28-70 f2.8 right now and will eventually but the $$$ is too great on my pocket. Probably will purchase the 24-120 in the meantime. But don't let that fool you - the 28-80 is a pretty good lens, just not pro quality. The 75-300 is also fairly decent, no vignetting wide open, a real plus for a fairly cheap lens as well. Eventually, I'll get that 80-200 f2.8 and a 300 f2.8 to replace it, but once again $$$$. That's what is great about Nikon; quality lenses everywhere you look.
Hope this has helped you somewhat. And remember, it isn't going to be a decision that you will regret forever, what ever you decide, it is a stepping stone to greater things. Both the Nikon line and Canon line have great things, and both have their pluses and minuses. Either one is a good camera.