Overclocking some DDR3 to get stock speeds

Hey,

Im new to overclocking, and have some issues with my RAM.

Specs are as follows (current)

Q6600 G0 2.4GHz
OCZ DDR3 1600 PC3-12800
Gigabyte EP45T-DS3R
Nvidia 9800 GTX+
880W PSU

Ok, so i was getting all worked up because my expensive DDR3 wasnt performing up to the standards i expected.
After a bit of research i discovered the RAM was tied to the FSB and CPU, and the Q6600 only has an FSB of 1066MHz, I was not a happy chappy.
I turned to overclocking to solve all my problems and i came up with the following:

Pre OC ----> Post OC
Multiplier X9 ----> X8
CPU host Frequency 266 ----> 350
CPU Frequency 2.4 ----> 2.8
Memory Frequency 1066 ----> 1400

I also set my memory timings and voltage to OCZ stock, 8-8-8-24 1.8V, everything else i left on auto, ive heared about the effects the wrong voltages can have, and i thought "ahhh well auto will do it automatically, wont it?"

right so before i overclocked I did some quick tests, and i re ran those tests after i did the overclock.

Pre OC ----> Post OC
3DMark vantage CPU 32219 ----> 34232
Sandra Memory Bandwidth 4.8GB/s ----> 6.1GB/s

Now i know I havent reached the stock of 1600MHz for my RAM, but i still shouldnt be getting half the rated bandwidth, should I?

As i said, im a total beginner and this was my first attempt at overclocking, I tried doing a 7X400 combo, to get the 1600MHz but the system wouldnt post.

If anyone can point out what im doing wrong, or give a helping hand, i would be very gratefull.
If you do fancy having a bit of a mosey, I have Photos of my BIOS settings attached, I took them during an inbetween stage of the overclock ive posted above.


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