Equipment for brewing (like so many other hobbies) is relative to many things. How much room you have, the amount of money you plan to spend (sometimes people just want to start out with the 15 gal Boiler Maker), what kind of brewing process etc..
It sounds like you want to jump into all grain so with that being said. If I were starting ag right now I would get a beginner kit with out the boil kettle and just buy at least a 10 gal separately (its been my experience that beginner kits normally come with 5 gal kettles which is not even close to the size that you'll need). Furthermore, as far as this is concerned....
Originally Posted by JesseJackson
Probably going to buy the basic kit but not using any of the powder stuffs
I know you dont want to but do at least one or two extract brews. It helps with the whole process of understanding how brewing works and whats going on. I dont know how I would have done with AG if it wasnt for my first year in extracts. Plus you can do a couple brews while you get all the equipment youll need for AG. I think as of right now I have close $1500 dollars invested into my AG equipment. but Ill get off my soapbox now
Welcome to HBT and Good Luck!