Spend about $1,000-1,500 on two floor speakers and plan to spend about $400-500 on a decent modern AVR. You can run the AVR in stereo mode, but you will need it for other features like Dolby Digital processing (for the sound from your TV), bass management (for later when you add a subwoofer), and Audyssey or similar room-EQ feature. Spend the rest of your $50 or $100 or so on speaker wire and interconnects as needed.
Alternatively, you could spend $1,000 on main speakers and another $500-600 on a ID (internet direct) subwoofer. Spend the rest on an AVR and speaker wires and interconnects.
You can probably get a lot of good suggestions for appropriately priced speakers by posting in the speaker forum. You can also post about subs in the subwoofer forum, and a good AVR in that price range in the Amp forum.
I'm not suggesting you shouldn't post here, but in each of those respective subforums, you're likely to get many more suggestions for each category.
Other suggestion: forget whatever it is you read in that magazine. It's nothing but an advertising vehicle for their sponsors. The information you picked up there may be worse than going into your buying decision cold. If you spend some time here, you will probably pick up more useful information about what you need and why (and more importantly, what you don't need -- hint: don't get your advice from a sales person with a vested interest in pushing some particular gear on you).
Good luck and happy hunting.