I think the three best choices for your budget would be an Slr-101, Sgl-21, or the Slr-107. All three are top tier and the best Ak's being produced today. You can't go wrong with any Arsenal rifle.
The 21 is an awesome rifle and the cheapest of the 3 by about $100. It is a stamped Russian with a full stock and it is one of the best Ak's I have ever owned.
The 101 is a limited run and an awesome deal on a milled Bulgrian full stock. Buds has them for $980 and that is where I got mine, it is my first milled rifle.
The 107 is a stamped Bulgarian side-folder. If you like side-folders, these are the best you can own.