I've been using Mint for about four months now and am very impressed.
My problem is trying to find a fast alternative to Pidgin. I live some distance from most of my family, so exchanging photos is always a very pleasant way of keeping in touch as best I can- I know this is a known issue in Pidgin. I have tried Kopete, but it pulls in so much of KDE that the computer is noticeably slower, sometimes agonisingly so.
My configuration is as follows, if that helps:
AMD QUAD CORE FX-4170 4200MHz Bulldozer CPU
8GB DDR3 memory (2 x 4GB 1333MHz modules)
ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard
AMD 760G (780L)/SB710) chipset
Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 GPU with multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB
So far, I love Mint, but this is a problem for me. I would appreciate any help.