Originally Posted by rfharbin
I have 8gig of RAM and there will be only me as a user. Does this make a difference?
Not really. The RAM size affects the swap partition size. If you want to use "suspend" you need a swap partition at least as large as your RAM.
You being the only user makes no difference at all. You will still want your data on a separate partition. This is also the best way to be able to access it from both Linux and Windows. (Windows does not read the ext filesystem, which is the typical filesystem to install linux on.)
How is your Windows set up? Do you have a data partition? In that case it would be easy to mount that from within Linux.
Otherwise it gets a bit more complicated, but you can still mount your user directory. Read up on /etc/fstab and bind mounts.