Wouldn't it be way easier to use Windows in this case cat, and more likely to get more functions?
Yes, it may be, the PC still has a W7 Refurbishers COA affixed that I'll surely activate again.
Yet it'll also be dual booting with Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon for now, because 18 has no proprietary drivers for the GPU. Add to that, as I stated above (otherwise wouldn't had created Topic ), one W8.1 reaches EOL, that's it for me & Windows, will keep one PC & one notebook with it for assisting others, otherwise will be a full blown Linux user. So may as well 'bite the bullet' now than in just over 5 years away.
While I've been a primarily Linux Mint MATE user for going on 9 years, am beginning to explore other options, Cinnamon being one, LMDE being more of a priority, yet I have to make do with Mint Cinnamon (or MATE) for now. Just wanted to try Cinnamon again for a feel of the DE look, other than that, not a lot different from MATE, was optimized to be a drop in replacement for Windows 7/8.1 refugees.
So in essence, I could do just as you suggested, yet it would be only kicking the can down the road. And the backup webcam to guard that one on the other side of the room will be powered by W10. It's just that I want the Linux solution & learn how to perform a few things I still use Windows for in the Linux Way. The Free & Better way, don't have to worry over a AV/Malware scan interrupting the video capture every 30 minutes (scans runs every hour spaced 30 minutes in between). When running Windows, scan, scan & scan again are a part of the daily routine, plus one more powerful such as AdwCleaner 2-3x weekly & the bootable Dr Web or other powerful LInux based media weekly (the latter performed less often on secondary machines). That's a lot of work, some may consider unnecessary, yet that's the risk with running Windows, and so far, Linux is still relatively safe & uses far less resources.
The SSD bay came in yesterday morning, didn't get a lot done because we had company & will again on Tuesday (all day & night through mid next day), plus a huge NFL game today with playoff implications, so am going to have to act fast for that day, or improvise, depending on how far I get with the setup. Am likely going to be using a 1TB WD RE4 which has served me well for years, would had preferred a 500GB of the same model, yet all three are tied up. May bite the bullet & get another, these drives are tough as nails, while also good for SATA-3 machines, perfect for SATA-2 based ones, better than the Caviar Black of those days, there's new pulls available for $50 or less, or may 'pull' one already on hand, two has less than three total months run time in a PC that hasn't been booted in 5-6 weeks (actually my 2nd best).
The bay fits perfectly, used a broken off trim piece from another PC case to install an optical drive in front of it, fits perfect & looks great. Plus breathable, is mesh black metal with thin sponge, anything to allow filtered air into a SFF PC is great. Will have to explore exhaust options, whichever method used have to be fabricated, no room in rear for a fan. Have also installed an IOcrest brand SATA-3 PCIe x1 card, while I don't expect 500MB/sec reads nor writes on the first SSD purchased way back in 2012 (the 128GB Crucial m4 won't write at more than 300MB/sec on a true SATA-3 PC ), maybe somewhere in between will happen. Won't know w/out trying, if little to no increase, have a bracket for a regular tower to install in another if the card doesn't work out.
Will keep on shoveling............