I did notice, however if possible i would prefer to be capable of getting the standard Apache Pro set up,
So is it unlikely it will be on sale for $1,000-$1,100 by Christmas?
Not necessarily. You might catch a Black Friday / Cyber Monday deal on it or maybe something similar. I was mostly suggesting changing hardware in case you didn't want to wait 4+ months. I found when shopping newegg that the Black Friday deals seemed better than the Cyber Monday deals. I don't remember the specific deals though.