Originally Posted by Altiris
I want to know what are the best window managers, file managers, and desktop environments for my needs.
I have a number of different Arch boxes, each one running a different stand-alone window manager, or desktop environment. Those boxes consist of Awesome, DWM, Gnome3, KDE4, Openbox, and Xfce4. Each and every one of them has its good and bad points. For stand-alone window managers, I prefer DWM or Openbox. For desktop environments, my preference is KDE4, or Xfce4. However, you'd need to actually try each one to decide which ones you prefer. For file management, Rox-filer works well for me with stand-alone window managers, but I prefer the default file manager for each of the various desktop environments.
Try some of the options mentioned above and let us know how it all goes for you.