Basic first keyboard questions.

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Looking to buy/build my first mechanical keyboard. I tend to not use my desktop a hell of a lot, but when I do, its long days of gaming. As far as I can tell, the cheapest option is the Carina board for $100, ~$20 for basic switches and then another 20 for the loop pudding v2 or the much nicer looking IMO skylight for $45. Which is about $165 compared to the full enter for $100. So a few questions, am I missing a board thats less than the Carina? How does the enter compare to a build your own? And is there a better way to start basic and then build up if/when I use my keyboard more and want better. I guess I'm asking for what the lines of progression are from basic to high end in the mechanical keyboard world.
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Budget? RGB? Programmable? Layout? Switches? Keycaps? A lot needs to be assessed before you can make a choice
SeaChief
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Aug 20, 2020
My budget is as low as possible in case i end up with something. Key caps and switches I don't really know much except I don't want loud ones. Probably something sat like browns. Layout im not sure on but not a compact one, (no 60% or even 75%). Alot of these questions I can't really answer without physically trying so i think i might try and find somewhere I can try them out.
PunchSukka
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Aug 18, 2020
Without a switch tester or trying out a keyboard in in person, I would say this is a tough call. While there is some consensus about what switches are high-quality, everyone has a different opinion on what works for them. That's why there are so many options. I'd say if you know which aesthetic looks pleasing to you, it's worth dropping the extra money especially for a hotswappable so that if you don't like the switches, you can save your case. But unfortunately, what is "better" is a matter of trial and error. Many start with a budget mech keyboard and gradually add to their collection once they figure out what their fingers like.
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SeaChief
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Aug 18, 2020
Yeah that's one of my big concerns, dropping 100-200 only to have it be too noisy or too heavy to type ect. Or if it has a weird feeling form factor like a lot of these compact ones.