hey sportsfan! thx for your interest in helping!
i've updated my profile to include all my specs. it should show below my reply.
my only concern is that CPU-z read my memory running at 450hz at a 6:1 ratio. I cant seem to mess with the ratio thru bios, but messing with my clock speeds def changes this. I'm currently running 220hz with 10x multiplier. by doing so i was able to bump my memory speed from 400 to 450.
It's running stable...and it runs smooth so i can't complain much. It's just that I thought my memory should be running at full 800hz.
Note: I did in fact change max mem clock speed to 800 in bios.