I'll chime in and agree with much of what has been said here. I'll just say it in a slightly different way maybe. Having an idea of what you want to spend, go and try to shoot every bow you can that's within your price range. Then shoot what's 10% below your price range and 10% above your price range. Figure out what you're comfortable with, and balance dollars, comfort, performance and tunability.
IMHO the biggest issue is.....tunability. There are a lot of people out there and they want to shoot the fastest bow they can get their hands on these bows are generally very sensitive (less forgiving of user errors) and difficult to tune and keep tuned. I have an old PSE Carroll Intruder. It's 15 years old and still shoots fine and pushes aluminum arrows (yes, I still shoot aluminum arrows!) at 240fps. The great thing about the bow is that I can tune it so that arrows fly exactly true (vanes follow tip right through the same hole with no fish tailing or porposing). With an arrow that flies true, it's easy to site-in your bow. Said another way, it doesn't matter how fast you get to the target (or deer) it matters that you get to the exact spot at which you were aiming. I've killed many deer with my bow and everyone has been a one shot kill.
From my experience, you can get one heck of a bow and all the accessories with $700 and have money left over.
I'm not gonna shoot here. I'm gonna shoot waaaaaaaay over there!