There's a great deal of focus placed on price in a lot of threads. There's nothing wrong with being concerned about price--money doesn't grow on trees. Some of us don't have regular jobs while others have houses, kids, etc. taking up their paychecks.
Though the approach "I have $X, what's the 'best' guitar/amp/etc. I can get for that amount?" is a recipe for immediate gratification, I'm not confident that it provides either satisfaction or reduced gear costs over the long term. All too often, I've seen folks (including myself) who economize on gear end up selling off their "bargain" gear at a significant loss only to buy what they really wanted in the first place. Talk about wasted money!
Forever is a long time. If you don't plan on upgrading a piece of gear in the foreseeable future, it's probably a good idea to fight the urge for immediate gratificatoin and save up for a few extra months. I'm not saying that if your budget is in the Peavey Classic range that you should hold out for the Bogner you lust after but, by the same token, the Peavey probably isn't going to do it for you, even after dropping a couple hundred more dollars into the amp in mods and speaker upgrades.
I will admit that learning to play on budget gear can (within limits) help one develop an ability to dial in the tones they want despite the rig's limitations. It probably contributed to my unusual idea of the ideal tone.
It's also true that more expensive is not necessarily better. The amps I currently own and love are not the most expensive ones I've had. It's all about finding what works for you.
To that end, it is advisable to look less at price tags and listen more to the equipment. Same goes with spec sheets: they might look impressive but specs don't always translate into tone/playability. I've played neck-thru guitars that didn't sustain worth doodoo. We've heard the stories about how chains of true bypass pedals suck tone (not to mention ones that didn't sound good when engaged). PTP amps don't necessarily sound better.
But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong...