Price and time and wanting to keep the 6-speed. Blower is less than 6K professionally installed, tuned and out the door with 300+ flywheel hp.
I can't speak for the cost of a professionally installed, tuned and out the door 5.3 V8 with the 6-speed (and all controls retained, a/c, accessories, cruise, no CEL's, etc., etc. Not sure what you get (and don't get) with the "budget" 5.3, but know those motors provided around 300 hp stock in the GM trucks they propelled. I'd guess a professionally installed 5.3 swap with everything working 100 percent like stock, and a manual trans mated to handle the torque and some upgrades and tuning to make more than the 280-315 they make stock is going to run closer to 15K or more...
BTW, I'm no stranger to LS swaps, having put a 630 hp LS3 into a Solstice Coupe (p 2 of this thread with dyno).
As I said, I will do a 5.7 Hemi at V8HJ later this year, but need my Jeep back in a matter or days, not weeks, so the Maggie is the best option for this vehicle at the moment.
I was looking at mid teens for V8HJ's 5.7 with 400+ hp and everything working just like stock, which seems about the same for the LS 5.3, which I heard is a fantastic swap.
Like I said, so many great options. No wrong answers.