What is the maximum fps I would get with this set up on just cause 2 and other new games on 1440x900 on medium settings?
Intel dual core E5300 @2.6ghz(stock clock)
Nvidia Geforce GT240 512MB GDDR5
3GB DDR2 667MHZ RAM
WDC 250GB 7200RPM SATA DRIVES
Thats kind of a how long is a piece of string question. Depends on your resolution which you have stated and what settings you use in game, AA AF shadows etc. Also what OS you are using will have an effect as well.
thanks mactronix, But I am now about to upgrade my graphics from the laggy 9400gt to the gt240 GDDR5 . I want to be sure I will have a smooth gameplay. My 9400gt gives me about 15.0fps on high settings(1440x900) in resident evil 5
but can you help me to a site that benchmarked the gpu's with an E5300 at stock clocks(2.6ghz)
You would get less, though the loss would probably be variable. Hardware sites would always test with the latest and greatest cpu to eliminate possible bottlenecks and just see what the gpu could do. In this day, you'd probably find no reputable hardware site that would review a graphics card, compare it to other graphics cards, and then mix it also with the cpu (especially older cpu's). It would just take too much time and effort and the publicity gain would be little.