After intense google-ing and much trial and error.....i have a stable OC at 3GHz! the trick was to bump up the NB and HT voltage just a little. i have attached a screenshot for those of u who want to have a peek. i started prime95 last evening and let it go overnight and no problems came up. numerous other tests with P95 have yielded the same results. gaming test have also been stable. however, one time i did boot up and my comp locked up...so i may need to boost the vcore just one more increment. aside from that its good.
current BIOS settings:
FSB - 1600MHz
RAM - Unlinked, 2.21v, 800MHz
Vcore - 1.3250v
HT - 1.64v
NB - 1.64v
SB - auto
i wish the vcore didn't need to be so high for the oc to be stable. i had it at 1.3125v and the pc would lock up. i changed it to 1.31675 and there wouldn't be any locks, but 10mins into P95 and cores would start to fail. so i realized that i was right on the border of enough/too little volts. so i bumped the vcore to 1.325v and no more core failures.
now its time for you guys to grade my work
. check out the pic and tell me what you think.