It really depends on your price range. I have to say that I personally think Rome Anthem and Design boards are some of the best boards you can get. If you aren't looking to shell out $400 there area lot of good boards that you can buy. I'd say try them out or ask around for people who have used them. (I've only ridden Rome extensively) I can't really say I'm an expert on all the equipment, but I know about the stuff I've used.
Rome Anthem and Design boards are awesome. I got an 05 Anthem last year for $250 and I love it.
Rome Arsenal bindings are great, too. I haven't had any problems and they fit very well.
I have Danny Kass IV boots from Vans (yes, the hideous yellow/red checkers
) and I love them, too. Also, Thirty Two Lashed and BOA boots are fantastic.
I personally think most of the equipment from different manufacturers is pretty equal. I think it's a lot of personal preference. Most companies don't make "bad" boards, just cheaper ones with fewer bells and whistles. As a novice, you probably won't care too much. Try them out at the slopes and see which ones you like!
One final note, avoid letting people tell you what type of board to buy (length, flexibility, width). There is no standard. Just find what you're happy with.