New to the site, but I was in the exact same boat about 2 years back. I had no idea what I was looking for, and I had friends suggesting expensive boards that I didn't even need. I ended up buying a package online, Ride Agenda with Ride LX bindings, and a K2 Domain boot. It's been great for me, and has held up really well. I bought it all from snowboardfusion.com, but I also checked out wavejammer.com and dogfunk.com. Hope this helps!