Originally Posted by frldyz
Is it as simple as just a normal Mint OS install?
Or do I need to search for special drivers?
Once you installed, boot into the system, go to Settings > Drivers (or some similar name, it's next to the Firewall) and select the ones you want. Normally you'll have options for your processor's microcode and graphics card drivers.
Also check the check box while installing that reads "Install third party software..." To get propietary drivers for WiFi adapters and onther misc hardware.
As for the DE, I know you didn't ask,but Cinnamon is the best by far in my opinion. It doesn't have unnecessary setting like KDE, uses less resources than KDE (more than XFCe and MATE), and has better functionality than XFCE and MATE. It's very similar to Windows in every aspect, even more than KDE.
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PS: if you have an SSD and an HDD, you should create the /home and /var partitions in the HDD (the reasons can be found on multiple documentations). Also, you can create 2 swap partitions (one in the HDD and one on the SSD, although if you want to avoid excessive wear in the SSD just create only the one in the HDD) to increase speed. The size of the swap partition/s depends on your RAM, usually a good idea to get 1x or 2x depending on the size of it.