I like a minimalist style. I install Debian Wheezy and Xfce.
To begin with, I download the huge DVD disk number one.
Installing Debian Wheezy requires the first disk only. Other packages can be downloaded later on. Save time and download only one file.
I use MultiGet to download the DVD image file.
The image is here:
I copy the web address and download that image file.
I also burn the DVD with Xfburn.
Insert the DVD and reboot the computer. The computer should start the installer.
I select Advanced options.
I may select Automated install, but wait...
I would like to have Xfce, not Gnome. I select Alternative desktop environments.
I select Xfce.
Then, I select Advanced options.
Afterwards, I select Automated install.
The installer asks me some questions and I answer them one by one. I like Automated install. The number of questions is the least when I choose this option to configure my desktop.
The total amount of time spent depends on the hardware. In my case, it takes one to two hours.