First I was to thank everyone on this board for all the knowledge freely available. I also hate everyone one of you because the simple task of buying speakers, a sub, and a receiver for a 3.1 setup has become incredibly complex and increasingly expensive. I think my budget has doubled. All kidding aside, thank you all.
Ok so I think I have figured out what I am going to do. I have already selected my speakers, 2 Monitor 70's and a CS2 (new from NewEgg). I am thinking about the Micropro 1000 for the sub, my cousin has one and likes it.
I have gone around and around about a receiver/amp setup. What I finally came up with is just buy a "higher end" receiver to push the speakers instead of a "cheaper" receiver and an amp. I figured I can always buy amps later. I do need a little help on receivers. I am looking to spend $400 +/-. I was looking at some of the Elite units (I have always liked pioneer) and Onkyo. Of course I am going used for my amount budgeted. These two seem to offer a good bang for the buck, from what I have found anyway. I saw a fellow member had a Onkyo 805 up for sale. That is along the lines I was looking at. I would think 130w would be good enough for the 70's.
What do you think? This will be primarily for TV and music, with some movies. Thanks tons in advance.