Cheapish decent 3D printer?

Anybody have recommendations on a cheapish 3D printer? I'm not looking for anything fancy, I'm just looking at getting my feet wet I guess. I'm not afraid to put things together, so even a kit would be fine by me. I also think PLA would work for what I want to create, so I don't need something that will print in anything crazy like liquid gold or whatever. The only requirements are a 100mm x 100mm print area (depth isn't super important) and it won't catch my house on fire.

I've seen the PrintrBot Simple, and although it's more than I really want to spend right now, the Simple Metal. but I haven't found much other than those in that price range.

IMO, they all suck. 

I wouldn't go much lower than a Printrbot Simple.

http://printrbot.com/shop/simple-makers-kit-2/

I've got one, but tbh 4in^3 is really small.  I've probably paid just under $1k after fixing and upgrading my Printrbot simple.  I would go no smaller than 6in^3.

Another popular option is Makerfarm's i3v.  It's more expensive than the simple, but cheaper than the simple metal.  It also has a larger build volume than both.

http://www.makerfarm.com/index.php/3d-printer-kits/prusa-8-i3v-kit-v-slot-extrusion.html

Mm really you will be cutting corners if you go cheap. There are two reasonably well regarded low end printers and then there is the step up that a lot of people go to when they give up on the cheap printers. Like noob has recomended, The i3 is a decent design and comes in many different sizes. All with small differences. Great starting point.

I started off with a Da Vinci 1.0.A Closed system, decent quality for the price but really since they discontinued the 1.0, Its not worth your time. I have a 1.0 and im looking at moving towards a Delta.

On the other hand if your willing to spend a bit more, The K8400 is a very nice printer. Well regarded and open. Only issue I have herd is there can be some movement in the frame at higher speeds but its a better printer compared to the da vinci and i3.

One you step over the $1,500 barrier, you get some very nice printers like the Delta which can print accurately at a speed 10x what the i3 and Da Vinci can.

http://us.xyzprinting.com/

http://www.vertex3dprinter.eu/

http://www.tripodmaker.com/

Thanks for the info guys. I went through some of the designs I was thinking about and it turns out 4" just a hair too small, so the wooden PrintrBot Simple is out. I did come across the K8200 after looking at the K8400.

So, PrintrBot Simple Metal, i3v, or K8200? The Simple Metal sounds nice because metal and it looks like I can get it from a variety of sources (Adafruit, PrintrBot, Amazon).

The K8200 was not a great printer yet the k8400 is a great printer. 

:( I was suspicious of why I couldn't find much about it.

The K8400 looks nice, but that's $300 more than I want to spend.

If you can afford the K8400, Go with the i3. You have to put it together and do a lot of work to get it running for the first month. Or if you want similar price, pre built, the da vinci is good. I just dont know if its possible to get around the locked firmware and install repetier on the 1.0.A though I have heard its possible. 

Many i3's dont come with a heated bed which is important if you want to print with ABS but the Da Vinci does. Its a good starting point. I wouldnt expect it to be anything more than a low end printer though. You really want something like the K8400 if you want something that can print parts with very tight tolerances. 

For cheapest PLA i would go with the Printrbot. your not going to get any cheaper then that with an FDM without significant cuts to quality of parts, and there is a large comunity behind it with people who can help with any issues, modifications or improvments 

However, if you are interested in waiting there is a 100$ resin SLA printer kit thats avalile for preorder now estimated shipping date in july this year. 

https://peachyprinterks.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

latest hardware update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2YhHfaf5eo

Even if a SLA printer is cheap, the resin is not and there is no reason for someone starting to dive into SLA

Peachy is still under a lot of R&D.....

Yeah, I'd rather stick to the basics right now. Unfortunately after this morning it looks like I might need to hold on to my liquid assets right now just in case. Thanks for the input though guys, I appreciate it. I'll try to keep an eye out over the next few months to see if any deals or new printers pop up.

I'd also recommend jumping past #reprap IRC channel on freenode, other than that, people have given good advice :)