My first thought was Shall buy new computer for this year or wait until General 2 Come out which is next year....
I think I going go for Desktop because simple reason is that so Upgradeable and also cheaper than Laptop
I do know Intel is the best but High End AMD is also good because it cheaper than Intel.
I was thinking of somethings like this
Gaming PC Intel Core i7 2600 Quad Core (4x 3.40Ghz)
Upto 3.8Ghz with Turbo Core
Cooler Master Elite 430 Black With Side Window PC Case
Storm Black 500Watts Power Supply
Motherboard 1155 Motherboard
Processor Intel Core i7 2600
4.0GB DDR3 RAM (Can be upgraded)
On-Board 1GB Graphics with DVI-I, VGA
On-Board 6 Channel Audio
Samsung DVD Rewriter (Can be upgraded to Blue-Ray)
The graphics cards I would get would be Nvidia GTX 460 Cards or ATI HD 5770
I just hope EA doesnt mess it up with General 2 like they did with C & C 4 !