I am using an Alien17, i7 laptop. this is a game machine. I have never had a game continually screw-up as GC3. I suffered for 9hrs with the wrong info screened and messages that are cut-off. Silly AI tactics like, building 30 tiny ships and parking them on a planet. When I attack with 10 cruisers and frigates the graphics get all squarely. Then to my horror the cheap-ass game locks-up. Then goes to a black screen. NINE HOURS!!! GONE.