which DE to use for setting up defaults

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I'll use awesomewm as my main DE but without installing any actual DE(like KDE, GNOME, XFCE etc) I have to setup too many basic stuff like mouse cursor themes, gtk/qt theme engines and themes, clipboard manager, sound manager, screen manager(like lxrandr, arandr etc.), auto-mounter ... Now I was thinking if it's possible to just install a DE and get it's settings for those, and then move to awesomewm with all those settings are set up. Is it possible, and if so, which DE do you recommend for that purpose ? (HowTos)