I got a K2 brigade for a little less then that. My first real board(rented before) so I have nothing to compare it to. I did do a lot of research though, and for the price the reviews were all good. It was great for me, fast, stable, with a little flex to play on.
2010 Atomic Hatchet. I learned how to snowboard on a 2006, awesome board for the money. I think they going for around $200-225
All-Mountain Freestyle is best for people who primarily ride all mountain but also forage into the park. Flexability and dampening wise, it's the best type of board IMO for new riders because it's right in the middle rather then being either a noodle or a plank.
All-mountain freestyle does equate to all-mountain riders that take occasional park laps, but it mainly caters to riders like Travis Rice who use the whole mountain as their terrain park.
I'm that type of rider as well. I ride all-mountain while hitting any natural features I can find, riding up faces and doing little 180's off of them and such. A medium flex board is great for this as Hobo mentioned.