Just searching around the website, the number of textbooks and presentations you get alone is probably worth the price. Most textbooks for any subject cost around $60usd and you'll be get 8 textbooks from signing up. Also, you'll get more than 100 presentations over the subject matter. Even if the material is a little out-of-date, if you truly are an extreme beginner, there will be a lot of benefits.
With that said, keep in mind you still need to have access to Visual Studio and 3ds Max, which can cost a lot of money; however, if your a student, check to see if your school has a deal with Autodesk (http://students.autodesk.com