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I'm no expert, but I think I can help a little.
Burton makes good boards, but so do many other companies like GNU, Lib Tech, Rome, K2, Ride, Nitro, Arbor, Neversummer, just to name a few.
GNU and Lib Tech are made by the same company, Mervin, and make great boards. Magnatraction and MTX are the same thing, MTX is just an abreviation. In very simple terms, MTX is a Mervin technology that uses a wavy edge to the board instead of a straight edge to create more points of contact with the snow. Normal boards have two contact points (nose and tail) but MTX boards have 6 or 7 I think. This helps hold your edge better in hard packed snow or ice. I've never tried it but heard it is great.
For bindings, I really like the toe cap rather than the toe strap. Way more comfortable IMO and I like how it pushes my feet into the binding. I have Rome bindings with the conformist toe strap that can be used as a toe cap or strap. It uses a stretchy material that forms around your toe when you tighten the strap. I can crank those things as tight as I want and still don't crush my toes...like my old bindings.
Hope that helps.
Oh yea, I have heard bad things about tightboards.com