ant12: First, welcome to an awesome resource in your beekeeping adventures!
Solid advice provided already. For me, some of my best learning was done starting from scratch, building gear, and helping young colonies establish themselves. It also really solidified my attachment not only to the bees, but to the addiction...errrr ummm I mean hobby. There is always something to learn, and more to challenge you with bees. I would like the idea of a package, and assemble your gear while waiting. The price for the hive complete and all could be tempting, but then where did you invest yourself in that colony, other than some money? Smaller colonies that grow WITH you and your knowledge are a lot less intimidating, IMO. I did not expect any honey for myself the first season (though I did steal a single frame from the super for a treat). Regardless of your choice, you're going to have a blast! Have you got any books yet? Also, many great Beeks with vids on You tube....just search honey bees, and you'll have days of viewing pleasure! Consider also signing up with your local Beekeepers Assoc, and see if you can pair up with someone willing to be your mentor. Nothing like some 'hands on' time before handling bees alone! Sorry, I know this was much more than you asked....just my two cents! Have fun with your bees!