Originally Posted by mossimoto z
I play a few rts games and some crysis but its on rare occasion and I can do that on another system. What ill use system for- email, alot of websurfing for various reasons, office program such as msoffice, blackboard (program for school), saving music and movies to extra drives as backup, watching TV. In the future I'd like to get into programming a bit. I would like to have multiple monitors like eyefinity if possible. I find myself watching lectures on one screen typing on another and maybe looking up references on third screen. I use three screens alot so if not possible it might be a deal breaker on this build. If that's the case I still would like Linux on another system to get familiar with it.
Setting up multiple screens shouldn't be too difficult from how others describe it but...it will not be some sort of GUI point and click adventure. So, if you're OK the possibility of having to doing some work in a CLI/terminal to get non-typical things (3screens is non-typical) up and running then you'll be fine.
Depending on how much time you want to spend and how well you understand things an "easy" distro can be as different as Arch or an Ubuntu distro. Arch/Gentoo/Slackware are all about giving you control and in return you will have more work to do and no GUI during setup...but it will be an OS setup to pretty much exactly how you tell it to be. Ubuntu/Mint/openSUSE are all about saving you time and doing things for you (this is about the only thing they share with Windows philosophically). Thus, they'll give you less control at the start but you'll have generally less work to do. Easy is an inaccurate term for the most part when describing Linux distros...it is more about how much time and "work" for control you want.
Also, if you want to use MSOffice you can install it through either Wine/PlayonLinux/Crossover so long as it is 2010 or older as I don't think 2013 is working yet.