Price really should not be the big factor when you go looking for something that may have to protect you or your family. There are hand guns that will not eat as much of your wallet as much as others but you should look for something you know you can trust no matter what. It's often said in these forums that someone wants to find a good pistol but they want it cheap. In replying I can only ask how much is your life worth? That question too many times was under bud and they end up in the news.
There's a lot of really well learned people that post these forums. I'm sure that you will get some good ideas. for me..I just love a 45 and I am a 1911 junkie...but there are some others out there that are also pretty nice.