This post is a question about the realistic requirements for Civ 5. I'm not asking about gameplay.
The requirements state that the required video card is an NVidia GeForce 7900. However, the recommended card is a GeForce 9800, which I can't touch. My card is a GT 120 (roughly equivalent to a 9500 GT). It falls somewhere in the middle between minimum and recommended.
But much of what I have been reading about the game suggests that the game seriously lags without a good video card.
I have played the demo, but it only plays for 100 turns. The info on the net indicates that the game lags most in the late game.
For the rest of the specs, I am above recommended.
My other specs:
Win 7 64-bit
8 GB RAM
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33 Ghz
With these specs, should I bother right now? Or should I upgrade the video card before buying the game? Has anybody played with specs similar to mine?