Over the years I've tried and tested more kit than I can remember and in the end, you must balance what you would like to have with what you can afford to buy. At this point in time, this is the kit I use personally. I recommend them because they work for me.
This is not the top gear that money can buy, I'll leave that for my wishlist. In the meantime, these resources offer good value for money for those of us with less money to burn.