Can we stop the wisecracks people? Please and thank you. The OP is asking for help, not a critique of his life choices. Have you considered the Sapphire Vapor-X 280X, Neo? It should cost significantly less (in theory), and while it's not as fast as the 290, it's a lot closer than you'd think with an overclock. It could pass as a stand-in admirably until the 300 series releases.