I've learned to read system requirements before purchasing a game. Or, more accurately, asking for a game for my birthday...
My system all but crashed. It stops and starts and all I get of the leaders are eyebrows and teeth! But I was able to run it on my mother's newer computer and DAMN, this game is AMAZING!!
All the annoying micro-managing is gone! The new tech-tree is great! The soundtrack kicks butt!
Now, who wants to buy me a new laptop with a 128 graphics card????