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Open up Everest or CPU-Z and tell me what the RAM clock says. Also, what is your FSB at?

Core PCI-E voltage: Controls how many volts go into your PCI-E slots. Don't touch it for now.

HT-Link voltage control: Hyper-Transport Technology (or HTT) voltage control.

DDR voltage control: This is your vdimm. DDR stands for dual-data-rate, and basically, it's your RAM. vDimm stands for voltage direct inline memory module. You need to make sure that your motherboard isn't giving your RAM too few volts. Some motherboards, by default, give ram less than the manufacturer actually calls for... Check CPU-Z to find the current volts you are running at, and try to find the recommended for your actual RAM.

vdimm will also most likely have to be increased a little bit later on, if you get higher overclocks.

I don't recommend buying a new cooler. With that money, plus a bit more, you could get a nicer CPU. They aren't too expensive anymore for a decent dual core that would OC well.
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Jonkers, in regards to your 3800+, can you verify the core name? Is it a Venice or a Clawhammer? The Venice core was more of a friendly overclocker back in it's day. You can verify the core name by checking CPU-Z.
I would start off by dropping your memory frequency and run at a lower speed. Shoot for DDR 333 and see how that goes after you raise your HTT (reference clock). If your memory frequency is too high then you'll run into stability issues ect.
Here are a few excellent guides that I'd suggest reading over if you have time:
http://icrontic.com/articles/a64_overclocking_theory
http://www.overclock.net/amd-general...ing-guide.html

It's highly recommend that you find the maximum safe speed for each component. This will give you a nice baseline to start off with.

Let us know how it goes

Hope this helps
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