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I’m going to be replacing my CPU which is currently a dismal 1.7 GHZ P4 and I’m interested in trying to make my system as fast as the mother board will support.
I download a free utility called CPU-Z and was looking at some of the information it discovered about my system.
The item that I am inquiring about is the DDR-SDRAM. I have 2 512 Meg sticks, but the speed reads different on the CPU-Z utility.
Slot 1 reads as a 512 Mbytes PC2100 (133 MHZ) Micron Technologies. While Slot 2 reads as 512 Mbytes PC2700 (166 MHZ) 00000000000 as the manufacturer.
Will it be beneficial for me to get to memory sticks that have the same speed?
My mother board is a Matsonic MS9357E that will support up to a 3.06 GHz P4 socket 478 processor. It will also support up to 2 gig of memory in two slots (1 gig each).

The CPU which is currently being shipped to me is an Intel P4 3.06 Northwood.
I do a lot of video editing and want my system to be a fast as possible. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Will it be beneficial for me to get to memory sticks that have the same speed?
It's always beneficial to get identical memory modules. If you are forced to mix different brands then I suggest you get modules having the same speed and timings.
Concerning your motherboard (http://www.matsonic.com/new/productsdata/ms9357e.htm) it supports DDR333) which means that you are better off getting modules that run at 166MHz to make full use of the mobo's potential.
Take off the module that runs at 133MHz otherwise it might be a limiting factor as it will force your motherboard to downgrade the speed at which the cpu communicates with ram from 166MHz to 133MHz.

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The CPU which is currently being shipped to me is an Intel P4 3.06 Northwood.
I do a lot of video editing and want my system to be a fast as possible.
That cpu can sure go faster than the crappy (excuse the word) Real256TM 2D/3D Graphics Accelerator installed on the motherboard.
Get yourself an AGP video card with at least 128MB (128bits). If you can afford a 256MB card then it would even be better as you will have more memory to store picture information.
As the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) creates images it stores information (data about each pixel, its color and its location on the screen) on the video card RAM which acts as a frame buffer, meaning that it holds completed images until it is time to display them.
And thus, when you have more ram on your video card the info will be directly stored on the video ram instead of having to travel forth and back to system ram (especially if you render big images/scenes having a resolution of 1600x1200 for example).
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So, the two things I should do are;
1. Remove the memory module that has 133 speed and "broom it". Replace with another memory module of 166.
2. Install an after market video card in the AGP slot with as much on-board memory as I can afford.

Sorry, but I'm not too knowledgable about the internal workings of a PC.
But upon installing a seperate video card do I need to somehow then disable the onboard video? If so, is that something I do through the bios?

Thank you for the help.

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So, the two things I should do are;
1. Remove the memory module that has 133 speed and "broom it". Replace with another memory module of 166.
2. Install an after market video card in the AGP slot with as much on-board memory as I can afford.
I couldn't have put it in better words myself !

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But upon installing a seperate video card do I need to somehow then disable the onboard video? If so, is that something I do through the bios?
Yes, sometimes the bios auto disables the onboard video... but it's always better to double-check it yourself.
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