For CompSci or EE, personally I'd go with a Windows machine (as a fellow CompSci student, Visual Studio is what I use most of the time for coding. I also use g++ by SSH'ing into a UNIX machine at my university, though, which is totally possible in OS X). You can always do Hackintosh if you want to mess around with OS X, and you can always set up a partition for Linux as well.
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Yes. Keep in mind that they're open headphones, so there will be some sound leakage, and they're not very good at isolating you if you're typically around loud noises (small children, animals, roommates, etc). I haven't had an issue with it, and the openness lends to the soundstage quite a bit.
I have two 24" 1080p screens. Use one for gaming and the other for multitasking. All that room is great. 1440p is also a good idea provided you have the power (R9 290 and up, GTX 780 and up for a constant 60fps).
If you go with dual 1080p, I can recommend the Asus VN248H-P. IPS, great monitor with a bezel only a few cm thick. I have one of those and the Asus VS239H-P (slightly smaller, 23" vs 23.8", worse stand, taller, DVI, and thicker bezel).
Nope, the PC is cheaper than consoles and now has a stable way of distributing games. This is also the first time ever where console hard launched way behind PC hardware in terms of power, it is night and day already and will only get worse. Not only will there be new hardware for the PC, but all these new low level APIs from Nvidia, AMD and even DX12 will open up access. Benchmarks of BF4 show lower end systems get MASSIVE gains from Mantle, it finally makes low end viable to play demanding games, on the top end of things the FPS went from 100 using DX - 160 using Mantle... 60% increase!
If anything we'll hear consoles are dying first, in fact there are already rumours of Microsoft selling off Xbox.
The difference between the PS4/Xbox One and PC isn't night and day yet. It's certainly noticeable, but it's not like the difference between Far Cry 3 on consoles and Far Cry 3 on PC. But there certainly is a difference, and the gap is only going to get wider. As it stands, my mid-tier PC didn't suddenly become a low-tier PC for modern games, though that could still happen when The Witcher 3 comes out.
Anyway, is there going to be doom-saying for the PC anytime soon? I don't think so. All the doom-sayers are busy with Nintendo, and everybody else is busy enjoying games. And a lot of people like PC. And PC now has stable distribution platforms. It's a much stronger, much tighter platform these days.
In terms of resolution and framerate, it's fairly night and day.
I've spent roughly 14 hours with the game now (10 hours in beta, 4 hours today), and I don't feel like there should be a single player campaign. It feels like they really focused at making the best possible multiplayer game they could, and I'm glad there wasn't a shoehorned single player mode to distract from that focus.