OK, after finally managing to get Civ IV installed, it promptly locked up my entire machine as soon as I try to play the first turn in the tutorial. This was to be expected, as the graphics card is a Radeon 9000 Mobility, 64 MB, and this is my laptop. So I am going out this afternoon computer shoppping. I have a few things in mind, such as: 2GB high end memory. Minimum 256Mb on Video card. But what are other things I should be looking for? Any suggestions on a reliable video card? How about processor and chip set, motherboard, etc... I have not purchased a computer for many, many years, since my laptop is work-provided. Hence I am way out of date on what I should be looking at. I do want somthing that I will be able to use with other games, but more importantly, I want to get into the guts of the code when they release the SDK, so I want a powerful machine. One comp guy is suggesting twin processors, running at 2 GHZ apiece. Apparently this is faster than a P4 running at 3.2 GHZ Comments?