I would look into the Onkyo tx-nr609 from accessories4less.com as it is one of the best values to be had. Do some searching for reviews on it.
Agreed 100 percent best bang for your buck for performance reliability and specs. . I recommend the htrc 360/370 or nr609. I have the 360 its marvelous, the best receiver I've owned yet, plus it has a built in network. Windows 7 compatible, good if you run a PC to it