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There's no shortage of guitars that fulfil the criteria you've set, but in general I recommend Schecter guitars. In my opinion they offer the best value for money guitars on the market, both in terms of the materials/hardware used and the build quality.
Ok, here's a quick guide to doing a setup on a strat without any fancy tools
1. Check neck relief.
Put a capo on the first fret (use a pencil and some elastic bands if you don't have a capo)
Fret the 17th fret of the low E
Measure the distance under the 7th fret using the cut off end of a 9 or 10 gauge string
Adjust truss rod (1/4 turns at a time leaving to sit for 10mins between turns) until string end just fits in the gap - it should touch the fret and string without moving the string.
2. Action at Bridge.
Measure distance between 17th fret and string, use plecs to measure as their width in mm is usually on the plec. Distance should be around 1.5mm. Raise the action slightly is you get fret buzz or fret out when bending.
3. Action at Nut.
Use the end of a G string (9s or 10s) to measure distance from top of 1st fret to string. If the gap is too small put a little bit of tin foil (you can also use super glue, but thats a bit more permanent!) in the nut slots to raise the strings.
Sounds like a pickup height issue to me, I had something similar with my strat.
I had the pickups nicely setup using an amp, but the note recognition in rocksmith was atrocious, I had to adjust them quite a lot to get good in game performance.
To do this I riff repeated a section of a song I knew I could nail every time and adjusted the pickup height until I wasn't getting any random misses in game.
I actually did a test where I played Along Came Mary by The Bloodhound Gang (an easy song I can play perfectly every time) - using the properly adjusted middle pickup I got 100% as expected, using the badly adjusted bridge pickup I failed score attack in less than half the song !
I know a few people who've ordered from gear4music without issue, so you should be fine.
As for amps, I'm no expert, but I've been thinking about getting a practice amp for home use.
I'm currently leaning towards the Blackstar ID Core 10 - 2x 3inch 5w speakers, decent selection of tones and effects, USB connection with software to edit presets and record direct to PC and it's available for around €120.
Plenty of reviews around online, give it a google.