Newbie set up

hi people,

been looking over this asterisk now download and i think i’m going to give it a go. i have spare pc which can be used. i am hoping to have a system with 6 phones, however i just need to know a few other things, these are:-

  1. what phones can i use which use a data cable to connect up
  2. what hardware do i need to connect the phones to the computer

and the big question how easy is it to set up honestly?? bearing in mind i’ve been windows since day one!!