I did do a little research last night, and I'm thinking about using Ubuntu for it.If you don't know the answers to those questions, perhaps Linux isn't the place for you
Better yet, try Windows Subsystem for LinuxMy only suggestion would be to look into spinning up a Linux Virtual Machine in something like VMWare Workstation Player. I don't know if you have any experience with Linux, but it will at least give you an idea of what it's like (minus the gaming part) before you dive in and blow away your current setup.
Another option would be to dual boot it, and install it on a new partition if you want the full experience.
The VM suggestion was just an off-the-cuff thing as it's what I use at home (SQL DB hosted in Ubuntu via ESXi), I'd completely forgotten WSL existed and is probably a much slicker solution than messing around with a hypervisor in the OP's particular use case.I guess it depends on what you're using Linux for
I mostly use it for running Docker, and WSL2 is plenty good enough for that