The laptop I'm typing this on is at least eight years old, and is one of the more modern computers in the house, aside from a couple of netbooks. Mrsmidlife went out and bought our son (the newish) Sim City for his birthday, and it won't run on his PC. it's an old Medion something or other with an AGP slot with a 5200 card in it. It's just about up to Minecraft, but still not exactly quick.
This is what Sim City wants:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better / Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz or better
1.5GB (Windows XP)
2GB (Windows Vista / Windows 7)
2GB (built-in graphical chipset)
ATI X1800 or better*
nVidia 7800 or better*
Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*
(*Minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support)
8x or better
If I start again on a new box rather than trying to upgrade his current one, where should I look? Out of touch with PC hardware, they sort of lost me when they just called all the processors Pentiums. Thanks if you've read this far, thanks again if you can help.