What’s the Best DSLR?

I’m in the process of looking for my first digital camera. I need it to take sharp pictures and also function as a video camera for the family and my artistic endeavors. I thought I’d open this post up to all who happen by with an opinion. What DSLR do you have and what would your recommend I get?

The model I’m zeroing in on is the Nikon D5300 with 18-55mm lens. But I want to know what you would get, if you had around $800-$900 to play with and needed a lens included.