Yes, unfortunately I had to as the motherboard got in the way of putting the cooler in the top. Doesn't look quite as good but oh well, it works. Moved the fans to the top and back.
Yeah that may be the case. I think ASRock has some good boards, maybe try them.
I bought it from Amazon during a black friday sale. Here's the link:
Yeah I thought about it, but I prefer open world RPGs, so I decided the higher-res cinematic experience was more important for me.
Perhaps, although I'm not sure it'll be $100 cheaper. I live in th UK where stuff is slightly more expensive, and I doubt it will release at <£300. If it does...oh well. You can't wait forever, I actually bought this GPU around the time RTX launched, I figured the new cards would be marked up about as much as their counterparts (which is mostly true).