Congratulations on your Create!
I went straight to an E2, never having owned any Cricut machine before, and have found it very easy and simple to operate; guess there was nothing to compare it to! I love it and have a bundle of cartridges, which I've been lucky to find on sale and through ebay as well.
My experience with PC Customer Service has also been great, whether it's been questions about the E2, updating or the Gypsy.
Best of luck and enjoy your machine. Your imagination and creativity will go crazy with your new toy!!!