Ok now that you have got the good advice so far, so can we can narrow it down a bit? What kind of rivers do you plan to fish?? If you mainly want to fish sloughs and Fraser back waters, then a 6wt would be just fine. (except for springs) If you plan on heavier flows like say the upper Chilliwack/Vedder or the Chehalis, then perhaps an 8wt would serve your purposes. Do you plan to fish more for summer or winter steel head? The summers would be more easily fished with a floating line either with weighted or waking flies.
It's pretty easy to look at all the advice you have and get a bit bewildered. If you could tell us more about when, where, you want to fish, then our fine posters can steer you in the right direction.
For rods that are premium at a good price, I suggest the Scott brand. My pal Budvar fishes an 8wt with a lifetime warranty with the BFR 675 and has little trouble fishing the Stave River chum run.
He does have a little envy however when he watches me using 9'6" 8wt Sage with a Lamson 3.5 but I digress....
As for line I suggest a 328 grain sink tip for fast waters. The tip comes 22' long but I reccomend cutting about 4' off that for fishing our rivers. To chuck a line like this one you need arod with good backbone like a Fenwick, Sage, Scott 8wt........
Fenwick by the way has some really nice rods that are reasonably priced as well.
The Rio tip is a great all round set up but a hinged line is tough to hand a guy who is just starting out casting.
I suggest getting this as a second choice. For slower waters I am a huge advocate of the Stillwater line and for faster/deeper waters a heavey sink tip. They will let you know when the rod is loading, be less hard on the eyes of your rod.