Thanx for the replies ppl, as I have no experience with it i rather ask then find out l8r it was all for nothing, i looked at the recommended hardware for Mandrake Linux 9.2 and the speed of the CPU isn't mentioned there, also my gf card (not the brand itself just the model) isn't listed in their hardware database.
Processor: an x586-class or above processor is required. This includes Intel Pentium I/II/III/IV, AMD K6/II/III, AMD Duron, AMD Athlon/XP/MP. SMP multi-processor machines are supported.
Memory: at least 64 MB is required (32 MB for text-install); 128 MB is recommended.
Hard disks: IDE and SCSI hard disks are supported. RAID/SCI and SCSI controllers are supported.
Hard disk size: At least 100MB is required, 1GB is recommended.
USB and USB 2.0: most USB devices are supported (including USB keys).
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives and burners: Most IDE, SCSI, PCMCIA, IEEE 1394/FireWire models are supported (this includes DVD+RW and DVD-RW).
Graphic cards: Most ISA, PCI and AGP cards are supported, including VESA, NVidia, ATI, 3DFX, SIS, S3, Matrox (dual-head support for G450), Intel i865G, i8XX, i845G, Trident. 3D acceleration is available for Matrox G200/G400/G500, Voodoo III/V/Banshee, Intel i8XX, ATI Rage 128/Pro & Radeon, Nvidia (GeForce and Nforce).
I know mdk would run better then WinXP on any box but it would be close to impossible to use WinXP on that particular machine. As for the desktop environment I thought that KDE might be a problem since it seems to be quite tough on system resources...well if I do decide to go ahead with the install (and your replies pointed me back to that goal) I値l just have to use another desktop environment/window manager. If any1 has any recommendations (and I know/read that it's hard to choose since every1 has their own preferences) as to what to use (on top of what has already been suggested) I壇 really appreciate it.
As far as GUI being more in the way
no worries there I need one...badly.
I grabbed the 3CD's a few days ago...so they should be the latest, with the bug fixes.