The Linux Mint team crafted a very nice website for the purpose of explaining how to install. I am going to recommend using Cinnamon as a desktop environment.
http://linuxmint-installation-guide.rea ... en/latest/
Updates and Drivers
The very first thing that I do is to update the Update Manager and install all level 1 and 2 updates after the new Update Manager has been installed. Then I use the Driver Manager to install the latest Nvidia graphics driver. Restart your machine after that is completed.
If you are using an AMD graphics card you can install the Xorg AMD drivers by selecting the xserver-xorg-video-amdgpu package in the Synaptic Package Manager.
Install Wine with the following commands in the terminal with each line being executed after the previous portion has completed. Linux Mint 19 uses Xenial just like 18.x. I recommend going with the stable version of Wine.
To check the version of wine (it should say 3.0.1);
On 32-Bit Systems:
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Go to File System > etc > sysctl.conf.
Edit sysctl.conf as root and add the following;
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net.ipv4.tcp_timestamps = 0 net.ipv4.tcp_sack = 1 net.ipv4.tcp_no_metrics_save = 1 net.ipv4.tcp_window_scaling = 1
CompizConfig Graphics Changes
Install the CompizConfig Settings Manager if you don't have it already. Open up the Synaptic Package Manager and search for "compiz". Check the packages compiz and compizconfig-settings-manager. Click apply to install both. Open the CompizConfig Settings Manager. Click on OpenGL > uncheck Sync to VBlank.
Nvidia Graphics Options
Click on Menu in the lower left hand corner. Search for "NVIDIA X Server Settings". Click on OpenGL Settings > uncheck Sync to VBlank.
Optional: Update Kernel
Open the Update Manager > View > Linux Kernels. Click Continue. Find the newest kernel and left click on it. Then click on Install.
If you run into any issues you can revert to an older version of the kernel through the Grub menu.
Icons and Minimizing Applications
Right click on your background desktop wallpaper and choose Desktop Settings. Select No desktop icons from the dropdown menu next to desktop layout.
When you are in a game if you Alt+Tab out to the desktop you can click the show desktop icon in the left hand corner. You can also use Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow Key to move to the secondary workspace if Alt+Tab does not work. This will help keep other applications from leeching extra cycles from your graphics card. The optimal solution is to close all extraneous processes.
Changing Process Priorities
Click on Menu in the lower left hand corner and search for "system monitor". The system monitor should show a list of processes running on your computer. You can terminate applications that are using up CPU power and RAM. Additionally you can increase the priority of a process by right-clicking on it and selecting Change Priority > High or Very High.
You can turn Cinnamon or Caja or any other background process that needs to run but isn't as much of a priority to the Low or Very Low setting.
Individual Game Settings
Changing your video/graphics settings can make all the difference between choppy and smooth performance.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/ ... =398407116
Altering the defaultengine.ini file for example made a significant improvement from Chivalry being slow and unresponsive.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
World of Warcraft
http://www.webupd8.org/2014/09/how-to-i ... ft-in.html