go talk to a local dealer if you can, they should point you in the right direction with some input from you. You will be able to find a better deal for the board you pick online, but they will be able to help you pick the right one. Also capita makes an excellent board at a good price. Not always true, Adrian you've come to a good place. Please contact a Backcountry gearhead, you'll most likely find a good deal. Also, it depends on what type of riding you want to do. Since you posted in Burton I would assume you're looking at burton boards, which is cool, but there are MUCH better boards out there for the money. First figure out what type of riding you want to do, park, all-mountain, trees, etc. Then check out board descriptions and find the one that fits. If you're just starting off, check out rome's starter boards like the cheaptrick, crail, vinyl, they're cheaper and better built.