Also, I do not like MSI (personally have had many issues with them and don't trust them any more (this is subjective but I have had 2 DOA motherboards from them and other issues). Favorite brand is ASUS since they have never disappointed me.
Thank you, I prefer better safe than sorry, regardless of paying a bit more. Think those two are the right decisions as well. Hoping the non-ref 290's will be of a decent price in The Netherlands as soon as I buy the system .