How much experience do you have with snowboarding?
Do you see yourself as spending most of the time in the park? Or do you plan on mainly cruising groomers? Do you secretly have ambitions for powder days?
You might end up getting a Burton, but I would also suggest looking at other brands as well (ex: Ride, K2, Rome, NeverSummer, Lib-Tech, and GNU seem to be popular).
Edit: You'll want to try on boots in person. Expect to spend a lot of money on them as they're the most important part of your equipment. Also, fit>anything else. If they don't fit well, don't get.
By the way, you'll be getting a helmet as well.
Last edited by Snowfox; 02-15-2010 at 09:29 PM.