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I currently have a 8600gt and it barely cracks 30 fps in css do to my cpu bottle necking the my video card. I heard that ati card are not affected by cpu bottle necks as much. So would it be worth getting a 2600xt for $20 as an upgrade.
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that doesn't make sense to be honest...it's not going to make a difference to be honest. A 2600XT MIGHT be a little bit better in CSS because ATI cards usually have the advantage on the source engine, but IMO that would be a stupid decision.
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post #3 of 4
Overclock your CPU or get a new one. A bottleneck is a bottleneck.

Is V-Sync on?
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you are getting low fps cause of low end hardware... a good cpu upgrade and your vid card would be the bottle neck. a better vid card and your cpu will be.. IMO get both new C2D and 8800gt. can do easily for under 300$ us

Or overclock the crap outa ur current rig...
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