well, with much more reading and learning about the i7 and its overclocking.
my initial goal was to hit 4.0..so i have a lil bit to go.
i was able to achieve a real easy 3.8GHz with "like stock" idle temps of 32C
bclk @ 200x19 (vcore @ 1.34v)
ram @ 1600 8-8-8-27 (1.64v)
qpi voltage set to 1.3
vtt voltage set to 1.34
my i7 is CO / C1 batch #3837B801 if it means anything.
booted up just fine, ran 3dmark06 twice(cpu score 6554) as well as superpi (11.093)
but what i have learned about my ram, it does not like anything over 1600 period.
so if i want to go further than 3.8 or 4.0, I will indeed need new ram rated for 1800+
i should try with the multi @ 20 to get an even 4.0GHz but ill wait a lil bit to try.
i found this guide from ocz to be very helpful also, it has some info that may have not been covered with this guide.
Overclocking i7 - Hints and discoveries - OCZ Forum
thanks a bunch ComatoseClown, im happy with my results so far and your guided helped me understand i7 overclocking a ton