If you want an entry level receiver I'd look at the Yamaha RX-V371 (I have one and am very satisfied with it) or it's newer equivalent for 5.1. If you can afford it, you might want to even consider going to a 7.1 receiver because you never know what you will do in the future. The Energy Takes are decent but you might want to look at something with a bit bigger drivers like the MLT-2s. The 14AWG wire should be fine depending on how long the runs will be and whether you're running your speakers at 8 ohms or 6 ohms. While at Monoprice I'd also pick up a sub-woofer cable (RCA) and some Certified High Speed HDMI cables (depending on how many HDMI connections you will have to your receiver). Just make sure the HDMI cable is certified for the length that you need and you're good to go. There's nothing wrong with getting a HTiB system like a Yamaha, Denon, or even Onkyo but if you can swing it in your budget, I'd go with separates. You didn't mention a blu-ray player (which I would recommend as a separate purchase and not "built-in" to the receiver). Panasonic makes really nice blu-ray players (with built-in WiFi) for around $150. The built-in WiFi is a nice feature because you can do your streaming etc and not be dependent on a "smart tv', which I don't recommend.