First, decide on a SPECIFIC goal.. every newbie wants to get big, shredded, strong, etc.. Those are 3 different goals.
You will gain strength and size through consistant hard training, no matter what rep scheme or workout you use.
Pick a goal and focus on it for 4 months and build your training program around it. Evalute your results. Pick another goal train and evaluate.
I am not a fan of bulking up, I used to do it when I was young, but think your better off in the long run of staying within 5-10 lbs of "summer lean bodyweight".
Evaluate yourself every 6 months; strength levels, measurements, and bodyfat levels. What are your weak points? Train those the hardest. Everyone wants to bench and do curls, put your effort into squats, there is a reason its called the King of all exercises.
Train hard, how hard? If you have never vomited from a workout, you have not trained hard enough. While you don't want to train at this level all the time this will give you a gauge of how hard to push yourself.