What part of Texas are you interested in moving to?
I think house hacking for your first purchase is awesome! When you purchase, you can use 75% of the rental income on the other side to help you qualify for more and move forward. I would suggest you get a job offer first, then secure housing shortly afterwards.
Hope to see you in our awesome state soon!
Definitely house hack. Find a property you can reside in a small part of and rent the rest of it out. Just make sure you have enough income to cover the difference.