Man, That is one Angry Asian!
Ok, Just joking, but seriously I agree, if your going to bash around at home There's no sense in buying the top of the line.
Consider this though, on road limits you to street surfaces only, offroad isn't limited to the street. And you can get a ready to run associated B4 buggyT4 truck or a Team Losi xxx boggy, xxxt truck for $250 plus a battery and charger
But if your onroad only, you can buy a Associated TC4 ready to run or Team Losi xxx-s for the same price as the offroad buggys and trucks
You can easily upgrade from these cars, plus they are some of the best cars out their as far as RC is concerned, unless Xray starts the whole RTR thing.
Just a thought, I would definatly like to see a 1/10th scale 2 wheel drive buggy, or truck from Xray.