$450 for an entire set up (board, boots, bindings) is going to be a little tough I would think to get you into everything. Even if you got everything on SAC deals I think it would still hit somewhere just north of $500. A $600 budget would serve you better. The thing is you can with cheaper gear, but you just end up paying more in the long run when you realize how it sucks or it falls apart on you. If you are going to drop coin on one item definitely make it the boots.