You really should look for a nucleus colony. With a new hive building wax is your biggest barrier. I've seen far too many people starting out that don't move the frames about to encourage more wax building and end up with a small colony that swarms all summer. The 5 predrawn wax frames in a nuc are going to give you an advantage. I sell and use packages but don't recommend them if anyone is starting with foundation. The key is to move the outer frame on each side over one space. One or two of the outer frames of the nuc will be the food frames, by inserting one foundation between the brood and food the bees will draw the comb quick. Alternate back and forth so they still have good access to pollen stores. Once one side of the frame is drawn turn it around so they work on the other side. Work back and forth both sides until 7-ish frames of bees then put on the second box and move one or two brood frames into center of second box. Rinse and repeat and don't neglect to get supers on long before they prep to swarm. Meh, 5-ish drawn frames in second box should do it.
A good packed nuc colony is ready to explode in population. 3 to 4 thousand bees to a pound, one pound of bees covers one deep frame, one deep frame has approx. 6500 cells. Once a full frame of capped brood emerges that's going to cover another two frames. That exponential growth continues fast so stay ahead of them with space and encouraging them to draw comb.
Mann Lake has a sale on right now for full painted hives- covers, two medium supers, two deep boxes, solid bottom board and the frames for $299 free shipping. It's quite a deal, unpainted are not on sale and go for $350. You can always look for used equipment come spring on Craigslist too. Two hives is recommended but certainly doable with one. Join a bee club to see other hives to compare. Let's face it, beekeeping start up is a chunk of cash and you have yet to determine if you enjoy it enough to manage the bees. This is why you see nearly unused equipment for sale on Craigslist. Try to find a local club. There used to be a link to clubs here but I can't find it anymore. We have a five year active group in Brownington that meets every two weeks in the apiary starting in April if that works.