Have you tried using IDEs and found them not to your liking? Or are you just a purist who come hell or high water will still be bumping uglies with the machine/power tools?
I used Borland IDEs in the 90s and they were OK. The current IDEs seem way too complicated to me and I refuse to learn them because I don't see the point. But the real reason why I use Emacs and a command-line compiler is that it's what we do at work, so I am used to it. For what I've seen, Visual C++ seems very good, but I am not a Windows guy.