If you click on the network icon in your panel, and select Edit, you get a dialog where you can select your active network connection. Select this and click Edit, then click the IPV4 tab, then you will see a text box where you can set DNS servers as a coma separated list.
I have experimented with Google's DNS servers but have not seen any noticeable difference at my location. However I have added the OpenDNS servers because I find I need these to make GoogleEarth reliable.
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