I really like ArchLinux. But it is very hard to install for me. Just because official iso does contains only very limited subset of base packages without any GUI. This requires to know what to install and how to install. Then it comes many adjustments and tweaks to make it all work.
Fortunately, there is an easy way. Just go to http://archbang.org/ and download Archbang. This is fully featured ArchLinux, tweaked and customized for you. Ready to run in livecd mode and also install on your computer. Archbang does come with very basic GUI, though. GUI is Blackbox WM and limited, but functional desktop environment like panels and app menus.
Just to get started.