I initially used Atlas HO track, but I didn't like the way it looked or performed. My solution was to build my own track and turnouts using the Fast Tracks system. If you don't wish to do that, I'd go with Micro Engineering's Code 83 flextrack and turnouts. Peco is Code 100, and I personally prefer the look of the smaller rail, especially for narrow gauge where light weight rail was commonly used.
I did use DCC. I used the Prodigy Wireless at the time, but it developed some problems, so for my current HO scale layout, I'm using an NCE system.
I've tried using DCC stationary decoders to control turnouts, but for my money it's too much of a hassle to use. To throw a turnout, you need to press a button to select accessory mode, enter the turnout's DCC address and press another button to select that address, press another button to select the turnout throw direction (straight or diverging route), possibly press another button to select that route, then press another button to escape back to train control. That's like a sequence of at least 5 buttons just to throw a darn turnout (not including entering the address, which is more buttons), and unless you have wired in some lighted signals or indicators, or have a working switchstand, you have no visible indication of which way the turnout is actually aligned if you can't easily see the turnout itself.
The wiring isn't all that much simplified imho, as you still need to wire the live frog through the switch motor, wire the stock and other rails to the DCC buss, and wire the switch motor to the DCC stationary decoder.
I faced the same problem on my current HO layout, and I have a LOT of turnouts, both existing and future. So I opted to go back to DPDT miniature toggles mounted on the fascia with a track diagram. The toggle works just fine, and even with no indicator lights, the toggle's handle provides a visual indication of which way the turnout is aligned. Throwing a turnout is as simple as merely reaching out and throwing a physical switch, not pressing a whole mess of buttons.
That's just my preference, but you seem like a guy who likes to keep it simple - like me.
(PS - the red buttons on the fascia control panel energize electromagnetic uncoupling ramps, so I would have needed a panel anyway).