STAR-6VGM-PTKC to start with 5000 credits!
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/promotions/February-Free-Fly lets you fly for free with a number of very useful ships until February 25, 2020.
Anvil Arrow - This ship is a light fighter that specializes in evasion tanking. It can equip up to three size-three weapons. This ship is currently meta for PVP, especially when equipped with three Mantis Gatling Guns.
MISC Prospector - This is the one-seater mining ships. It allows access to both planetside and asteroid mining loops.
MISC Freelancer - This cargo ship has four size-three gimbaled weapons on it. Gimbaled weapons tend to be better for mouse-and-keyboard players in my experience so this is useful as a PVE ship as well as running cargo. Due to its slow maneuvering it is not so good at PVP, however.
CNOU Mustang Alpha - A basic starter ship that is one of the cheapest options in terms of real money when you are selecting a starter pack. In my opinion, you are going to have an easier time with one of the more 'advanced' starter ships like the Avenger or start off with a solid all-rounder like the Cutlass Black.
Drake Dragonfly - Remember the speeders in Return of the Jedi? That is basically what you have here. If you spawn them in space, they are capable of flying in vacuum. They hover just above the ground if spawned on a ground-based landing pad. They are small and fun to mess with, but not capable of quantum travel.
RSI Aurora MR - This is the alternative entry level starter ship. Low powered, it is not going to be good at PVP or difficult PVE. It will, however, allow for 'fed-ex missions' and cargo transport to build up in-game money to buy a better ship like the Cutlass Black.
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link//17994-Discounted-Starter-Packs For the duration of the Free-Fly event, several starter packs are on sale at a reduced cost.
~SSD and 16GB RAM are needed for stability.
~This game is CPU-Bound; CPU upgrades typically enhance gameplay more than graphic card upgrades.
~Be sure to have a page file set, preferably to a SSD.
~The in-game graphics settings should be set to the highest 'Quality' setting to offload as much of the workload from the CPU to the GPU as possible.
~If encountering persistent graphical bugs, delete the StarCitizen\LIVE\USER\shaders folder and then 'verify' the installation in the game launcher.