For someone who is self-admittedly new to this craft, there are too many different ways people work to be able to offer a suggestion that makes sense.
You don't know what your preferences are yet, so spending a grand on a bench is a real waste. Like some of the people on this board have suggested, I think the best way to move forward is to start with a simple but stable bench, that has a vise and a few places for bench dogs. Then you will have a place to actually start working, which will give you a much better idea if you are more of a hand-tool guy, or a "I use machines" guy. That makes all the difference in the world in terms of what is the right bench for you.
... turning perfectly good wood into firewood every day ... :smile3: