Welcome to the club and for your exile in lurkmode.
To answer your question, it would be best to know your intentions for the car. Drag? Top End? Track Car? Each block has inherent strengths in the long run, with associated costs of course. For strength, the older 2.2 L iron blocks are probably the hardest to break (assuming good internals). For modability, the bugeye 2002 and later probably has the greatest avialability of parts. Any JDM swap will of course incurr addititional costs for shipping, time for location, etc. Pound for pound, and for the cheapest budget, the 2.0 2002 and later versions are probably your best bet. Does that answer your question?