My suggestion for a great first set-up would be a Sunbeam 6910 (R.R. $699) partnered with a iberital challenger doser grinder (R.R. $320) I am sure we would have a sponser selling this model).
I have had this set-up for over a year and can produce a better coffee than most baristas out there!
Only set backs are:- Grinder is quite loud & milk texturing takes a while but with that said I prefer a good cup of coffee and for under a $1000 dollars it is a dream!
Good luck! Hope this helps.