Cool. Thanks. I figured I was probably just getting worked up over nothing. I just keep reading all this crap on the internet about it and it's throwing me through a loop.
I'm going to try the Phasor before Compressor/Dirt again and really a/b it against the other way around. Otherwise I'll just have to avoid using the two together... or playing around with the settings on the Compressor more for when two two are working together.