A turntable?

I haven't owned or used a turntable in a long time. Having purchased some new gear I would also like to invest in a turntable as well. I have planty of albums from my youth that are taunting me from my basement. What do I need to know? What should I look for? I know there are different drive types, arm shapes and other options that can tempt one to spend a LOT of money. I am considering a Rega table as they appear to be affordably priced for me but do not know anything about stage amps or MM/MC etc. My reciever is nothing fancy, Pioneer Elite VSX-94txh, whatever I end up with needs to work with that. Thanks for being willing to share your knowledge.
You need:

1)Turntable with tonearm
2)phono cartridge
3)phono pre-amp (if the Pioneer you have does not have one already..check to make sure because receivers may or may not..if it does, there will be an input somewhere labeled "phono" and a place to attached a separate ground wire as well)

For best results, all these should be matched together for best performance. This is not easy to do and get right the first time. I recommend you work with a dealer that you trust in order to get it right first time around out of the gate.
A' feil,

but if you expect to spend more than you expect to spend, then that's what you're expecting to spend and then you have to expect spend more than that and...

Welcome to audiophillia!
Go with a complete budget TT package and save the big bucks for a nice Lp collection.
I think one of the rega or project tables should be just fine. If you buy a package, you can avoid all of the fiddly mixing and matching, plug the d**ned thing in, and play those records that have been taunting you! When you feel it is time to upgrade, you should be able to recoup at least half of your investment by selling the 'table on. Just my 2c.