Sorry, just getting back to the site... I'd say that there are a bunch of beginner setups out there. I started with a "true Brew" kit. If you're interested, head off to HomeBrew USA and talk to Neal (Niel). He's the owner and a nice guy. He'll set you up with a great kit that's as complex (or simple) as you want it to be. I'd probably say to expect to spend about $200 for a fairly complete kit. You can get starter kits for less though.
PS I have no affiliation with HomeBrew USA, I just like to support local stores whenever I can.