I'm talking board, bindings and boots only. The rest of the gear can come later.
I just used this...
...to calculate the length of board that I'll need. Apparently 151cm for a Freestyle board or 156cm for a Freeride board should do the trick.
I've only used rented gear in the past, and wasn't as inquisitive as I should have been about what I was getting (and, to be honest, all this boarding jargon doesn't mean that much to me anyway). I'm still very much a beginner, but it's time to get my own gear and, for now, I just want something I can step into and slide down some snow on. Any advice appreciated!