I've been reading about all the problems here and just thought I'd give my positive experience with the whole lets play Civ thing. I've got a seriously old pc PIII 800 mhz 528 ram and a v.crappy Radeon 7000 lots of drive space. Bought the game last thursday, and after reading the sticky about graphic cards, knew that the Radeon 7000 would not work at all ! So went and bought a Radeon 9600 pro. Installed DirectX 9c from the install dvd (european version). Turned off computer, fitted new Radeon 9600, installed the latest Omega drivers, sorted out my normal graphic settings. Then installed Civ4, expecting black screens, crashes, nothing etc. But low and behold - started up no problems !!!!! Changed graphic options down to medium, screen size to 1024, and wow I can play Civ4 without any trouble !!!! and I mean see the Wonder movies, fights etc ! Towards the end of a game, slight slowdown between turns but nothing drastic ! Anyway that's been my positive experince which from reading here does seem to be the exception !