So would it best to just get a set of orange gear and use comms to upgrade it as I level?
what are your crew skills and how many alts do you have?
in my opinion it's worthwhile having your own cybertech and artifice
cybertech creates armorings, mods, earpieces
artifice creates hilts, enhancements and color crystals
if you only have one character i would choose cybertech as enhancements usually cost less comms.
also if you want a full set of orange gear (besides bracers and belt) pick up a set of social gear (first sets available are on dromund kaas/coruscant)