The fresher ingredients, the better the brew. If you can find a good LHBS that will make you up a fresh kit with fresh grains, and fresh extract, you can make a great beer whether you use liquid or dry extract.
I like to order from austinhomebrew.com and northernbrewer.com, because they actually crush the grains when you order and they have decent prices. I'd suggest either looking at our recipe database for ideas or browsing the kits at austinhomebrew. They have many, many, easy kits to "clone" whatever kind of beer you would like to make. I'd suggest staying away from lagers until you have a bit more experience, but just about any ale extract kit would be doable for you.
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