Sorry to hear you were not successful Troll, your experience was kinda like mine before I got one, keeping a careful eye on various sites ETC … it was a text tip from a friend led me to mine that on Ebuyer UK had two in stock, went for it like greased lightning and it was confirmed, then followed a slight issue where it seemed to have went walkies by courier, but some angry words later to their CS it arrived a week overdue, was worried though, £1600, and I thought that £200 above RRP was cheek, but hey … phew, amazing card, do keep looking and trying though, it really is a killer card, especially if you do VR I imagine that I don’t any-more … but awesome for regular 4K screen for me with even the most demanding games and sims.
By pure coincidence, a local courier guy was in our news this week for stealing parcels, seen him deliver to my door before, wonder if it was him that held on to my card long after it should have been here and he suddenly found it again when I rocked the barrel ???
I understand the 3090’s are far more expensive than the £1600 I paid for mine now if you can find one, dedicated water-block ones even more so presumably? Am sure you know what you are doing, but maybe consider a normal fan cooled one, perhaps not an FE one, those coolers do not look to good to me, but one with a different 3 fan air cooling solution like mine has, I don’t hear it, indeed the fans are inactive at idle and temps are fine, monitored its usage, it doesn’t get that hot no matter what I do … well within spec for sure, much better new full tower case cooling helped that too of course.
Also, if you do that and get lucky for a 3090, you can always add a water-block later, but there might be the warranty issue, I think EVGA and one or two others allow you to change to a water-block and keep warranty … please check small print if you do this.
Hearing rumours of the 3080 Ti coming back again, but not overly sure on the details, only put my ear closeto the ground when about to upgrade tech wise and wont be doing that again for a while, extremely happy with my main rig these days and hopefully next couple of years at least.
Good luck, hope you get one soon.