I did end up installing Manjaro, which is based on Arch and more user friendly and it does ok on speed with XFCE. I liked it because of rolling updates. Too lazy to install new update every six months, or rather, no time! However, I still am quite ignorant as to how to do things like installing something that comes in a .deb package. Again, time. However, one rolling update broke and I ended up reinstalling because I didn't understand what to do to fix it.
I think it's great that such an old machine is still quite useful, especially considering the money paid when new.
It's just that with these other distros, I'd like to see what others can do, in a somewhat realistic simulation of what I have, but without actually installing.