That's a great price for what you described. I'm confused, are the bees coming with it or do you have to add the bees? If the bees are coming make sure you have a laying queen. How much of that comb is drone comb or surplus honey/food for the bees filled comb? While not impossible, walking in on an established hive may be overwhelming. You would be starting down low on a steep learning curve. But hey for that price, even if you lost the bees over the winter, you'd still have the woodware, the combs and the personal gear for next spring. By then you would have learned a lot from this year and from studying about bees on your own. What's there to lose?
The Russians do well in the cold but many say they are a little grumpy and prone to sting. That may not be a problem if you are out in the country but if you live in town, it could get sticky.
The Russians also have more immunity to mites and other bee pests. Given all that, I'd go with the Italians bees because they are more forgiving to your mistakes. They should do well in PA with a little pampering. You could always change breeds down the line.
As for the time involved, it all depends on what you want to get out of it. They say that beekeepers are lucky to have a hive that makes it over the winter but I've found that those beekeepers whose hives winter well actually make their luck. They are the ones spending time to apply mite control and looking for other problems that may exist. They are the ones that insure that bees have a clean source of water or are fed during periods of nectar drought. It doesn't take long - maybe hour a month after the hive is up and running - but it has to be done or you become one of the unlucky ones. Lisa