Hello I am new to this forum and was wondering if someone could give me advice regarding a good compiler to continue learning C++. I took a C++ course but used the gcc compiler in the labs, now that I got my laptop, I don't know where to start. Thanks in advanced.

Compiler or IDE?

gcc is great, carry on using that. (for c)
g++ (for c++)

Dev-cpp is an IDE I'd recommend, it ships with g++, gcc Mingw or Cygwin optional

well, it all depends on your operating system of course...

For Windows, Microsoft Visual C++ is pretty much the standard, with Codegears C++ Builder (or the cheaper (there's even a free version) Turbo C++ Explorer) as a good alternative.