Hi linnaen and welcome,
Yours is one of the most difficult question to give a definitive answer to.
If money was no object, I would simply say "Go in high and hard and get a combo youll be happy with for years."
However, money IS an object as it is so often.
Most of the time, members here tend to tread one of two paths:
1 - Start with budget gear, upgrade a number of times (sometimes forced to when appliances break down). Take a while to get to their preferred setup. Planning 1 or MORE upgrades in the future. I trod this path. Went through appliances, more appliances, Silvia/Rocky and landed with Expobar/Macap. (Currently planning 0 upgrades).
2 - Went in at more towards the high end. Have been happy with their setup from day one. Planning 1 or LESS upgrades in the future.
Users like Thundergod trod this path and he has been very happy.
So I guess you need to find out what sort of coffee snob you are.
By this I mean:
Are you likely to be happy with using the Breville for a few years and when it dies, continue with similar
Are you likely to suffer through with the Breville whilst yearning for or saving for the next upgrade?
I would suspect (especially since you have posted here) that you are of the 2nd kind, and would suggest you hold off buying and save for the better stuff. Itll save you money in the long run.
The bonus of the Silvia/Rocky (or similar quality) is that their re-sale value are both quite good. The same cannot be said for the Ikon.
Hope that helps.