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I'm looking to find some nice cards to Crossfire with. I plan on upping my rig a bit, and that's one of the things I'm going for. Just looking at the specs of the HD 2600 XT, it looks really nice, but numbers aren't everything. I've heard people say that they don't work as well as cheaper ATI cards, and even had someone say that they Crossfired two really nice cards and got a better performance for less money.

I know my graphics card is underperforming considering I can't even run The Temple of Elemental Evil (a few-year-old D&D game) on full settings without the occasionally lag/freeze while scrolling across a map.

I think getting some new graphics cards will work nicely... but then, I have to wonder if I'm not cutting my rig a bit short on other areas. I already know which PSU I'm going to upgrade to (a swanky Corsair that I'll be ordering in the next few days), but I'm still wondering if it would be more prudent for me to amp up my CPU or get more Memory in place of a graphics card. I thought I had a usable amount, but I'm honestly so far behind with computer specs and understanding how powerful something actually is, I'm not sure if I cut myself a bit short on CPU or RAM...

Comments? I have my rig specs in my sig.
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I'd say it's time for a CPU/mobo upgrade to c2d.... (save your money)

It's really not worth it to go crossfire on a 2600xt. What resolution do you play at? If you got a new video card like a 3870 it'd be more than enough for the latest games although your cpu would hold you back a bit.
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Well, I just got a new widescreen LCD monitor, and I've been playing at 1440 x 900 (I believe), which is the recommended resolution for the monitor. For games that don't go quite that high (some of my older games, like ToEE), I've been going to 1024 x 768.

Though, I wasn't planning on Crossfiring another 2600XT. I was thinking of getting a whole new card. (I'm going to be building a second rig, albeit a lower-end one, and bumping that card as well as my PSU to that and getting new ones... along with Mobo and maybe some extra ram or a new CPU. I just wanted to get some opinions first.)

Um... though, I have to ask (and feel like a n00b for doing so), what is "c2d"?

EDIT: I've heard that x1950 Pro's are really good cards to Crossfire, and I just stumbled on this one on Newegg.com. Wondering if it looks like a good card or not.

EDIT2: Found another x1950 Pro with 512MB system memory. I heard those are the best to get (so much better than the 256MB models)...
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