Exactly my opinion about Gnome. I have an old PC but with 8GB DDR2 memory. I like to run my distros in the Virtual Machines, I use Peppermint 8 for the office work and Ubuntu 16.04 for my banking etc. I dumped Ubuntu 17.10 for banking for 2 reasons. – It uses more memory then Windows 10, it does not run in a 2GB Virtual Machine, gnome-shell + gnome-software = 1GB. – Plain Ubuntu 17.10/18.04 are the only distros that freeze, when using it with 3D enabled in Vbox. I did file a bug report with 'ubuntu-bug', but that has a low priority. I downloaded some other distros from that stable (Budgie, Mate, K- and X-) to look for a good replacement for plain Ubuntu in April, despite that I used it for 10 years. I was cheating once before for ½ a year with Xubtutu, because the first release of Unity had issues with my video card.
I had my 1tb hard drive crash on me a few weeks ago which had bad sectors in it anyway. I did backup however my backup was also faulty. SO I got a new 2tb hard drive and 2tb external backup drive as well this time around. I went from Linux Mint to Lite. Back to square one as far as settings and programs that I had. LOL.