I have heard mostly positive reviews on ASUS routers... mostly people tend to comment that they are simple to configure (sometimes a little too simple) but that model even states it has DD-WRT support.
I don't see how you can go wrong.
As for wiring up a house I do prefer wire over wireless for my main machines. I went wireless for 3-4 years and when I went back to wired it was night and day (latencies gone, odd slow downs gone, connection flakiness gone). I went through wireless G, G 108, N150 and N300 in those years, nothing compared to my current Gb wired.
Side note I currently have/use a Belkin http://www.belkin.com/us/F9K1113-Belkin/p/P-F9K1113
my only complaint is lack of configuring options.