Mics on each drum can be convenient in mixdown, but it's not necessarily the be-all end-all to getting a good drum sound.
You can get a decent, hell even better than decent recording with just a few mics. It's all about tuning, mic placement, and the room.
A box with 8 inputs is plenty for someone just getting into multitracking, in my opinion. The less mics you have to deal with the better. The overheads are very important, start with just a pair of mics above the kit. If you want to control the kik better, throw a third mic into the mix.
Experimentation is key.
Ringo's drums sound pretty good, don't they? OK, dated perhaps, but still good...