I also recently decided to purchase my own gear. Like you, I wanted to keep my options open so if I decided to try the park I didn't have to buy a new board. I went with the DC PBJ LTD 155. It has plenty of flex for when I want to hit the park but is still very enjoyable riding down the slope.
I bought boots before I bought bindings and didnt try the boot with the binding first...big mistake. My foot is big (11.5) and they dont fit with my Flow Flite 3's how they should. Quality is decent but last night I was at the shop and felt the other bindings available and there are some really nice bindings with very smooth ratchets. Just take your time and do some tangible research.
Thanks man, I'll do some more research for sure can't wait to get my own gear. The season is almost over here in the North East, but I plan on getting a season pass next season!