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Agreed. You could use the Nashbar touring frame for CX. In the long run, I think you'd be much happier if you can find the extra cash to get a true CX frame, which generally would serve all three of your purposes. The Cross Check is an excellent choice in this regard. If your budget is really tight, consider the Motobecane Fantom CX frame, which you can get from Bike Island for $200, including fork and headset. I'm not certain of the chainring clearance on the Motobecane, but I know it wouldn't be a problem on the Cross Check.
The Nashbar touring frame is likely to be heavy (I don't know for sure, but touring frames usually are). Also, the rear brake cable is routing along the bottom of the top tube, which is a negative thing when you need to should the bike.