I'm with you on the 5k or more for a pin.
EATPM isn't a DMD game but it is a great system 11 pin, I have one that is never going anywhere.
Judge Dredd is a wide body and a very unique game, certainly worth considering.
The Shadow is top notch but they have gone up in price so 3k may be a little low on that title.
Brahm Stocker Dracula is a great title too and close to the price point but its a players game and it could be a love it or leave it game.
Bottom line, pinball machines have gone crazy in price points since I bought my first pin and there is no end in sight.
If you are able to get to Pinfest it may be a good idea to check out the machines there to help you narrow down what you like.