well, it really comes down to what do you want out of the car.
500 easy just in parts for a auto-manual swap. labor- look about the same... so that leaves you 2500-3500 for a motor. b16a2 or b18c1 would be my opinion, unless later down the line you are thinking turbo, then b18b1
i just want a nice strong base for my car maybe a b18c, but all the places ive talked to want 5-6gz for the total swap, how should i get this done? i live in philly not many shops even around here, places i talked to were up in NY