Your CPU can OC like a monster ---- you are only being held back by your cooling and possibly your motherboard.
- - - - - >> Use AMD OverDrive to accurately monitor your **Thermal Margin** (under the 'CPU Status' tab)
First Step: Drop your RAM divider
- - - - - if you are running 1600MHz, drop the divider to 6.67
- - - - - if you are running 1333MHz, drop the divider to 5.33
Second Step: Drop your HT Link Speed to 8X (instead of 10X)
That's pretty much it . . . . if you wish: Lock your PCIe bus to 100MHz (normally not an issue) and drop your IMC/NB to 9X (instead of 10X) ---- as a side note, for each 10% you increase your IMC/NB, memory bandwidth is increased 5- to 6% and latency is reduced by the same amount. This can be a nice boost to gaming and memory intensive applications.
There are *sweet spots* with the AMD system clock when you OC. With 1600MHz RAMs it is 240MHz (240 x 6.67 = 1600 !!) and with 1333MHz RAMs it is 250MHz (250 x 5.33 = 1333 !!). These *sweet spots* in the clock will return your RAMs to spec speed.
Drop your CPU multiplier!
11 x 250MHz = 3.25GHz --OR-- 13.5 x 240MHz = 3.24GHz
Depending upon your **Thermal Margin** you may be able to increase your CPU multiplier to its max -- 14.5x