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"old PC" and audio editing don't exactly associate well, in my mind, but it's worth a go.
I started with and still use Slackware, and maintain a website that attempts to explain how to do art on Slack. Feel free to check it out.
Otherwise, SUSE is a pretty darned friendly and long-term support distro. It can pretty much do everything you might expect from an OS.
But as you probably know, there are lots out there; try some out, see which one "feels" best for you. It's all Linux, at the end of the day, so just pick one that installs nicely on your box, and dive in! that's my advice. (Oh, and have fun. Really, if you try to make it a THING, it feels like work. Just relax and have fun with it, your successes and failures alike. It's all part of the learning process!)
Lubuntu is probably good for your computer. it is a lightweight OS of ubuntu. I don't use my old windows xp dinosaur as a main, but Lubuntu ran really fast on it.
Its good if you have under 1gb ram. I don't know too much more about linux, but from what I tried, Lubuntu runs well on old systems.
The "old PC" will not be the main unit, although if I really get interested in Linux that may be subject to change, so it's anyone's guess at this stage. For now I'll do the research that everyone at the site offers me, take notes, and ask plenty of questions.
If you want to use real time or near real time then that Dell needs to be pretty darn good. Video and Audio on Linux is still a resource consuming task. Some linux distro's offer what they claim to be real time but it is simply a near real time but may suit your needs.
From what I've read I need to choose a distro, so I'll be reading on the ones suitable for audio and graphics editing; DAW (digital audio workshop), audio editing and graphics (photo) editing.
Just to demystify the distros a bit, they are simply pre-packaged and pre-configured arrangements of programs. Within certain limits, any one of them can be changed to be like any of the others by adding or removing programs. One of the main points of GNU/Linux is that you can customize it to suit your needs. It's kind of expected. Since you mention audio, I'd focus on those applications and work from there. At the low end you have Audacity and at the high end you have Ardour. Both are available for pretty much every distro.
I'm not that into audio any more but one thing that might be an advanced usage option, on new hardware, would be getting a kernel modified for low latency. Re-configuring and compiling a new kernel is probably unnecessary as there may be low latency kernels already made for some distros. Ubuntu has that option available, so if you use Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, or Ubuntu Studio, you can swap out the generic kernel and use another one. it might be similar for Linux Mint and the others. Again, that's advanced usage.