Originally Posted by Graywf
I'm looking at using Opensuse, but I think it depends on our equipment
What do you mean by that?
If your equipment is very limited on memory or processing power you can set it up with a light weight graphical interface such as LXDE or Xfce, these are no as flashy as Gnome or KDE but if you are looking for better performance over good looking, that would be the route to take.
Good luck to you.