the push down distance is the same for all the variations of the cherry mx switch. 2mm for "actuation" or when the key registers being struck and 4mm to "bottom out" on the undercarriage. It is actually easier to double tap with reds because they are so sensitive.
i just got the Filco ninja with red switches. even with the lighter red switches, holding down the wsad movement key's get's tiring after a while. i think black switches would cause carpel tunnel syndrome. it shouldn't be a workout. http://www.youtube.com/user/webgorge?feature=mhee
I've heard nothing but good things about browns, but it is preference of course. Personally I have never used them. Just remember that browns have a "click in" when you press a key, like you actually feel it click into the stem. Might be a little strange to get used to. It is silent though.
Honestly I do not notice a big difference between all 3 sometimes unless I really pay attention.
I think the biggest question you should ask yourself is if you are really only using it for gaming.
Linear switches are usually preferred for gaming, but non-linear/tactile switches are still definitely adequate for gaming. As far as linear switches go, I do not see a point of using Black over Red since Red is so much easier to press and much more comfortable in the long run (less pressure).
Another question you should answer is the sound of the keys you preferred since like I said the switches do not make a huge difference. For example, I first had a Red keyboard, and then my brother bought the Blues but I didnt like them since they were too loud, and then I recently picked up a Brown keyboard on sale and I love the feel as well as the sound the most. Currently I prefer Browns, then Reds then Blues. If you are really unsure I'd say Browns since they are considered the all around board and then you can try other switches later on when you see other good deals, but Browns is a good starting point.
Its interesting because after 2 weeks+ the most of people get addicted to mechanical keyboards. While I studied I always preferred to sit down in front of computer equipped with 15 years old Chicony or IBM keyboard instead of new cheap chinese crap which you can twist in hands for about 45°.
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