Thanks alot Umbra. I tried Ubuntu in the past and my hardware was supported dont know if this will make a diffrence and also i was gona mess around in VM to start with just to get a feel of itMint Cinnamon (the main Desktop) or Mate (the lightest one) and all linux OSes are better than Windows security wise, you run under limited account from the start and Linux just ask you when some changes needing admin rights are needed.
most big distros are fine with X64 system and even with UEFI machines , they are faster, safer than Windows.
the main drawbacks compared to windows is the drivers/hardware issues (some vendors don't bother to do a Linux version ) but fortunately , Linux users are mainly developers and geeks so they made the drivers for them. Also you will not have all the softwares you used to use while in Windows , but you will find some replacement and sometimes they are even better made.
it is why i recommend you to try Linux Mate first (looks like Windows 7) , you download the Live CD X64, then use Rufus to made it into a live USB (select UEFI/GPT scheme if your are under UEFI), then select the USB as first boot then try Mint Mate as a virtual OS to check if your hardware are recognized : sound, graphics, network card, etc...) then if you like and want install it ; create a thread on your config thread so we can help you step by step)