Definitely, Linux Mint is a great place to start with Linux...
Or to stay. I'm not very newbie on Linux, I hopped (changed my Linux distro each... 3 days?) but I came back to Linux Mint, which is mainly an updated version of where I started (Ubuntu, before the Unity drama).
Acer Aspire 6930. CPU→Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2,00GHz. RAM→3GB. Graphics card→NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS. O.S.→Linux Mint 14.1 «Nadia» 64-bit Cinnamon ed. Catbuntu's Bloggie