In my opinion, a conical is not a good investment for starting out. Once you have basic equipment, this is the order of upgrades IMO:
1. Temperature fermentation control
2. Yeast management - starters and perhaps harvesting
3. Design an AG system that will meet your wants and needs
4. Start building toward that system
The link I posted I what I suggest buying to get started with extract+steep brewing.
Read "How to Brew" by Palmer and spend some time looking around here. Then you will have a good base and will not have wasted much money.