All of the good tutorials out there for it require visual basic, (which I can't run, whoopee!) or some other program which my computer has the inability to deal with.
Almost all tutorials for games i see on the net are in c++, not vb...
Why could you not run visual basic??? it's been around since the 80's... (maybe even 70's)
Both site might be a bit outdated but still have very good material for someone who is just starting anyway.
Also CodeProject have some very nice tutorials on just about everything.
And for the computer, nowaday you can get a very descent machine for programming by buying pretty much the cheapest cpu and rams out there, except maybe for the video card which you should not be too "low end". Hell, my computer is 7 years old, dual core athlon 2.6Ghz, 2go of ram with a 9600 GSO video card and it's still running everything, except newer game with graphics maxed out. Or try to get an usaged one, but a good one.