Yes, I think Acronis True Image is what you really should look for. It's
a great piece of software.
(or more) file(s) for backup. You may want to "image" your fresh
installation, so that you can easily return to that state in the future
without all the hassle with updates, drivers and activation.
True Image is also very advanced, with many options how and where to
save your data. You can save on network, FTP, a hidden partition (You
can even boot from that partition to restore, called "Acronis Secure
Zone") or on filesystem. You can schedule task when and how your imaging
shall take place.
But beware: Any data that has changed since last image process, will be
lost when restoring that image. So it's wise to save all your user data
(like documents, pictures, music etc. but not programs) on a seperate
partition that you may back up regularly and seperately on DVD-RAM or
something. You may also want to save your images on that partition. Your
handling. Just google for how to do that.
Howtos for True Image can be found on products homepage, there are some
video tutorials as well.