For that money, you could buy a nice used guitar you know.. If people stop buying these crappy bottom range guitars, they'll probably price down their better guitars. At your price point, you are mostly paying for the brand name and not for the actual guitar's quality.
That said, the Yamaha Pacifica is miles ahead of the others you have listed here, simply because they do not have a lot of guitarists endorsing them.
-- My current rig
Guitar: '98 MIJ Ibanez RG520 QS w EMG 81/60
Amp: Laney LC15R Tube, Fernandes 20W SS
Pedals: MI Audio Tube Zone Overdrive, Boss OD3, CS3, MT2, HM2, DS2, CE5, DD7, TU3, Beta Aivin DD2 Delay, Dunlop Crybaby 95Q, Stranger Vol Pedal, BBE SupaCharger
Others: Yamaha RBX 374 Bass, Yamaha MM-6 Synth, M-Audio Fast Track, Shure SM-57, Heet Sound E-Bow Plus
Wanted(pm if selling): EB VPJr/Boss FV500L,Ibanez w Original/Lo-Pro Edge