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Benq w1070, only issue you might have with it is the noise and/or rainbows. If you want a projector you can mount farther back, look at the Optoma hd-25e or Optoma hd131xe (a slightly cheaper variant of the hd25e). There is also the hd25-LV.
I would not buy a used projector as your first projector purchase, the problem is you do not yet know WHAT projectors are supposed to look like, so if you get a bum unit, you might not know. I personally would choose a DLP as my first projector, makes the most sense. Buy it new and from somewhere that gives a return policy. You'll also need an ND filter. Though you can get some good deals used, you really have to know what you are doing to do so. I definitely would not buy a USED LCD projector as my first PJ purchase, that's a bad idea.
How long is the room, if you have a longer room I'd probably go with the Optoma hd131xe or hd-25e instead of the Benq, if you have a shorter room, go with the Benq.
Project onto the wall at first, buy the screen later after you've decided what size screen you like. Never buy the screen first unless you have to. I would use the projector for 1-2 months without a screen to get used to it before deciding on a screen size.
If you are worried about the projector's longevity, then you'll need to add a square trade warranty. By default, these projectors have 1-year warranties. In that case, the hd131xe is the cheapest option, or if you have an Amex / Discover It / Visa Signature, buying on one of those cards should add another year to the warranty (actually forgot on the Discover, I think it does with the new Discover It cards). So you'll have a 2-year warranty, but if you want a 3-4 year warranty, square trade is the way to go for an after-market warranty purchase.