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About 18 months ago I purchased a generic system with a K6-2 300 processor on a PC100 M577 Motherboard. I do not have much knowledge about tuning my system, and any help would be greatly appreciated.

 The motherboard is capable of 100mhz bus speed, and can support up to 350 Mhz processor.  When I bought it they told me the older K6-2 300 processor was not compatible with the 100Mhz bus speed, and they set it to run at 66Mhz.  32 megs of memory came with the system, and I have recently ordered 128mg of pc100 RAM.
I would like to have suggestions about how to utilize my components for the best performance while maintaining reliability.

Can I run the Bus & memory at 100Mhz?
Can I or Do I need to Overclock the CPU to do this?
If the original Memory is 66Mhz Would I be better off just running the 128mg at 100MHz, or all 160mg at 66Mhz?
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Can I run the Bus & memory at 100Mhz?

Probably provided you use PC100 RAM.  Most of the K6 350 chips I've used work fine at 100MHz memory bus, but remember, there is no guarantee...

Can I or Do I need to Overclock the CPU to do this?

Yes you do but with the K6 you have a lot of possibilities depending on the capabilities your motherboard offers.  Many give you memory speeds of 60, 66, 75, 83, 95, 100, and even higher.  Couple this with 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5 X multipliers and you can often tweak every last MHz of performance out of a given chip.  Generally you get more bang from a faster memory bus as this is where most time is wasted.  So a 300 MHz CPU speed (3.0 X 100MHz) will be faster than a (4.5 X 75MHz) 333MHz setup.  Of course, not all combinations are possible and may not work right.  Experiment with it.

If the original Memory is 66Mhz Would I be better off just running the 128mg at 100MHz, or all 160mg at 66Mhz?

Scrap or sell the 66MHz RAM and just run with the 128MB PC100 RAM.  It's a lot faster and chances are you don't need more than 128MB anyway.
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Thank you for your quick, and informed response!
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