Completely understandable... I wasn't expecting an easy answer... just hopefully a very dumbed down version.
I did try out the VMware Workstation however. But it didn't seem like the most practical solution for my situation. I'm trying to avoid Windows as much as possible... not just use it on a virtual machine instead of a physical one. I'd rather just set up a dual boot system and ditch the middle man.
So, I guess now would be the appropriate time to point me in the direction of a wine study guide...
Games are the only thing I need to be able to run, because I'll be running linux versions of just about everything else. That's why WineX seemed most appropriate... of course, I'm shooting for free... that's why I wanted to install it from source rather than paying to get a nice little package with a bow on top.
Where do I go from here?