Yeah I would also recommend browns for you. Their the best all around switches and I know you'll love them.
As for keyboards filco's are obviously the best but if you on a budget I would highly recommend the DAS silent. With a student discount I believe the total comes out to like $108 or something and their currently offering free shipping. Goodluck!
They are just the lowest common denominator. The tactile point is rather mushy and wears out eventually but there is nothing that can potentially aggravate you. There are no double tapping issues (important for gaming) or noise (important for roommates but I've found it not to be an issue when I'm in a separate room from everyone else), have tactility (no problems for typing), and are rather light (no potential complaints about stiffness). In short good but not great for both typing and gaming; a good choice if you are blind buying a mechanical keyboard without having had the chance to try any. I much prefer certain ALPs and buckling spring keyboards myself.
DAS silent with the student discount is a great choice for your first mechanical keyboard though.
Edited by Dannibal - 6/21/11 at 10:18pm