To the OP-pehlman, what is your current set-up? I don't think I saw it in the thread. BIAB, extract, partial mash, all-grain? And if all-grain, what equipment do you currently have? As you can tell, there is a lot of advice to be had on this topic, but I'd like to know where you are now and what you are contemplating. If this is in the thread, just point me backwards.
To safi-I'm assuming you are making an extract brew for your first beer? Or are you diving in to all-grain? I would make an extract as my first brew, maybe even a kit, and get through the process once before trying anything fancy. As has been said, make sure to follow the instructions as best you can, pitch the appropriate amount of yeast in well aerated wort and enjoy the results of making your first brew. Then make small improvements from there.
Happy brewing! And rely heavily on the forum. It's a great place to learn.