reply to Archivis
Re: Are you upgrading to Windows 8 on your gaming machine? I find the new Linux releases to be very user friendly and easy to use.
And Linux community has had the best support I've ever seen.
Only downside is there just isn't too much software still, so getting something to meet your needs might be a bit harder to find, or if you do find, it might require some effort to compile, install, etc.
But overall, there has been a HUGE jump from 5 years ago and it's still continuing to rapidly improve.