It really comes down to volume levels and use desires. If you're going hobbyist with mostly home playing, I'd stick to stuff like the Vox stuff, Haze, Blackstar HT series, Rebel 30 (yet to hit shelves but looks interesting) and you'll be well within your budget buying new. I'd lean towards all tube but the Vox hybrid stuff is very solid.
If you want something to play shows with, the Haze and Rebel will do for small gigs but there's plenty of other options new and used in the $750-1000 range that might be better for your tastes.
As a personal rule, I tend to stay away from amps with built in effects. They tend to be lesser quality and more limited programability than stand alone units, not always the case but it's my general experience. Other people will say they like not having a pedal board or at least, as large a pedal board, because their amp has stuff in it already.
Bottom line: Assess what your needs/wants are and then go to GC or similar guitar stores, pull a JS
1000/1200 off the rack and try it with every amp there.