So I stupidly pre-ordered Civ: Beyond Earth without checking the specifications, and apparently Systemrequirementslab.com says I need a better video card (I'm not sure if it's the same as the graphics card, but I'mm assuming so as it deals with graphics). So here I am, trying to find a good video card so that when the 24th of October rolls around, I will be able to play it. My birthday is on the 13th so if it is a relatively cheap driver (under £50) I have a shot of getting it as a present.
I can't make sense of what I need so...
256 MB ATI Radeon HD 3650 or better, 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or better, or Intel HD 3000 or better integrated graphics.
AMD Radeon HD 5000 series or better (or ATI R9 series for Mantle support), NVIDIA GeForce GT 400 series or better, or Intel IvyBridge or better integrated graphics.
I have the pixel and vertex shaders but not the 256 MB of dedicated video RAM. I have none of the requirements for the recommended graphics.
Could someone please simplify this and explain the differences tech-wise and price-wise, because I don't know where I should be looking to buy one and which one is most cost-efficient. e.g. Is it worth getting the recommended one even though it's £700 more?
I would really appreciate this because I just spent £40 on Steam credit and pre-ordered it. It'd suck if I couldn't actually play it.
(However, bear in mind it says I can't run Civ V: BNW, even though I can. I would assume it's more serious though since this is released much later and I would expect the specifications to have gone up)
Edit: THIS IS FOR A LAPTOP