Just to throw my 2 cents in I would say if it's an Nvidia card then absolutely not it's a waste of money. You should have no problems getting any Nvidia reference card to OC up to the clocks of a FTW or SSC card. On the other hand for an ATI card I would say maybe. In my experiene OC'ing ATI cards it's not as easy as OC'ing Nvidia and not every card will OC well or at all in some cases. Just my thoughts on that. The reality of the situation is regardless of whether it's a factory OC'd card or you OC it yourself the actual performance gains will be minimal depending on the card. IMO it's a waste to OC a 285 because the actual gains are less than 5% unless you go overboard. On the other hand my 8800GTS 512MB was an overclocking monster and I could get anywhere from 10-20% better performance when I OC'd it. It's up to you in the end but I personally only OC my card for benchmarks. To me it's just not worth it for every day use.