Quoted from s1500:
I got my feet wet with 3D printing last weekend, and ended as of last night.
A trip to MicroCenter netted me a Monoprice i3 printer. I was able to only print the cute cat that came with the factory SD card. Couldn't read files on ANY sd card, can't USB connect, can't wireless connect. Did some troubleshooting(different cables, software, computers), but I wasn't able to print anything other than that cat. It initially was trying to 3D print air.
I returned it for a full refund.
I'm considreing that Creality 3D Ender 3, which looks like someone else alreadty has on here(looking at the pictures). I bought cheap, I got cheap. Problem is, I'll have to order from Amazon, so returns won't be so easy.
My first one was the Tevo Michaengelo - great printer for a first-timer, but I wanted something with a heated bed and larger print area. The Mikey does fine for most things, but I wanted an upgrade. Got an Ender 3, and I had a ton of problems with it, and finally I have it dialed in. I can help, but honestly I got most of my help from the Facebook Ender 3 group. There's a document you should read...
That being said, I also have two other printers, and probably the worst problem I had was getting parts to stick, and not realizing my gantry was not square, and that the print bed 'wobbled' - this document was written by a dude called Luke Hatfield, he's on the official Creality Ender 3 group, and was invaluable in saving the life of my Ender 3.
I used Cura for a good long time, but switched to Simplify 3D for the ease of use and the ability to place supports where needed.