I tried with Chrome, there just doesn't seem to be any way to make it how I want it to be.
FF definitely is a resource hog, but that's not a huge deal to me. I'm not usually one to have more than 3 or 4 tabs open at a time anyways, so it never comes close to bogging down even my old Dell Dimension.
I don't mind using more of my computer's resources for the sake of convenience, ease of use, and appearance, but I can appreciate that others want a fast, light weight browser with a clean appearance that simply does its job and does it well. Chrome definitely is that.