Originally Posted by Reqkz
Welcome my fellow Canadian!
There's a guide here : http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide
tl;dr? Click the spoiler.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Reds: Linear, 45g
Browns: Tactile, non-clicky, 45g
Black: Linear, 60g
Blue: Clicky, 50g
The grams is how much force is needed to press the key.
Those are the 4 common switches you will usually find on most mechanical keyboards. There is no such thing as the "best switch type". It is purely out of preference. You will have to try the switches out yourself to figure out which one is best for you. I personally would recommend the MX Browns though simply because it's the middle ground.
As far as which keyboard to get, I'd highly recommend some of Cooler Master's keyboard as a starting point. If you have the money I'd get either a Ducky or a Filco.
Browns are a good starter switch, it is true. However, the vast majority of users don't stick with browns, and end up buying a second board with characteristics more suited to their needs.
OP, you're in Toronto. When I was shopping for my first mech board, I went to NCIX Mississauga, where they had some switch testers I got to play with. Helped me to decide (yes, on browns, which I don't really regret, but I would definitely not buy again). They also do have some full boards out on display for testing, which was nice.
Originally Posted by Jixr
Welcome to OCN and nice name ( how has that not been taken? )
Anyway most people here would recommend a mechanical keyboard if you're looking for a serious keyboard that you can do all kinds of custom mods to. Anything from aftermarket key caps, switches of your preference, painting cases, custom cables and many more mods
Though a good mech will start about $100 us and I'm not sure which models are in canada.
Canada can get a fair gamut of models -- Corsair, CM, Ducky, Filco and Logitech all have presence here if you know where to look. Rosewill, Thermaltake, Razer are around as well.