Originally Posted by Off the grid
You don't need a corvette fund to get into Euro/KTM territory. 3-4k can get you a well-sorted 03-07 KTM RFS bike, which is perfect for the snotty NorthEast trails.
Any of those other bikes you listed are going to be too heavy or require too much work to be practical. Spend 800 dollars on suspension?
What does it cost to get a KTM or Husky suspension set up for your weight and riding style? At 200lbs, the OP would benefit from that on whatever bike he chooses.