Pliskadm, once everyone has had a chance to impart their advice, you should print out this thread and refer to it often.
These guys are not blowing smoke. Earlier on in my brewing, I "dismissed" the importance of yeast strains, yeast starters, and fermentation temp control as "extravagances" of the hobby. Excuses like "let's keep the costs down",or "Let's keep things simple" just won't cut it after a while. Don't be penny-wise and dollar-foolish. Case in point: for the price of a good partial grain or extract kit, you can have a fridge temp controller (I bought a ranco digital controller online for less than 50 bucks and wired an extension cord to it myself--and I've no prior experience in doing such, either). From that point on, you'll always have a good beer with no fusels. Same goes for yeast strains: For 5 bucks, you can use the right yeast strain for the style you're trying to brew.
Beer styles are dependent on the right yeast and the right temps. Plain and simple.