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Any modern compiler will work for you.

That said, I recommend starting out with Code::Blocks.
www.codeblocks.org/

While this isn't the biggest and the best, it's one of the easier methods.
For Graphics, you will want to use DirectX, OpenGL, Allegro, SDL or SFML.
The easiest is SDL.
http://wiki.codeblocks.org/index.php?title=Using_SDL_with_Code::Blocks

When you've got a handle on compiling and linking, I'd recommend upgrading to NetBeans then Eclipse. Both will require MinGW w/MSYS.
I still use NetBeans for most of my projects because it's comfortable. NetBeans just feels easier to use. However, Eclipse is where the money's at. It's super configurable and super extendable.
These are worth looking into.
http://plugins.netbeans.org
http://marketplace.eclipse.org/

And when you're ready to branch out, I recommend you look into the Allegro and SFML libraries.

http://sfmlcoder.wordpress.com/downloads/ - Compiled SFML2 by Xander
http://alleg.sourceforge.net/

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