To be honest, I have never felt it to be a difficult distro to install and configure (and believe me, if someone is going to mess something up, it's likely going to be me!). Just remember that practically nothing will be automagically taken care of for you.
Tidbits: you will need to use cfdisk or fdisk to partition your hdd. Be sure and read everything that comes up on your screen so that you don't miss the part about partitioning (you have to partition the hdd before you get to the ncurses-based install program).
Run alsaconf once everything is loaded and you have rebooted for the first time. It should find your sound chip and set everything up for you.
Above all else, have fun! If you run into a snag or two, let us know and we can definitely give you some help.