I would basically follow Steve's advice. Sand or water first, followed by base rock, then live rock. Fishless cycle. I would not run the skimmer during the cycle as I want all that junk in the tank helping the cycle. You can use the lights a few hours/day if you want to see what's going on (probably nothing to see).
After the cycle is complete do a 30% - 50% PWC
, wait a week and if the parameters for ammonia, nitrate and nitrate are still good you can test for Alkalinity, Calcium and Magnesium. If those ratios are good then don't worry about pH as long as the SG
(measured with a refractometer) is good.
Come back and ask questions whenever they arise.