Quick update: I did get the card to align correctly after all. Not sure what exactly I did but after reseating it a few times it finally lined up as it was supposed to. That's a pretty big relief as I was getting to the point where I was ready to return the card.
After testing it out more I'm really coming around to this card. There are so many different ways to customize the settings that I've been able to get good performance out of games I hadn't been able to in the past, most notably Metro 2033. The game was completely unplayable with my 7970 and my current 690 until I changed the vsync setting in the Nvidia control panel to On (smooth) and set a framerate limit of 60. Now it runs close to perfect.
I am slightly worried about the 2GB VRAM on the card. Playing Hitman Absolution maxed out it was around a steady 1.7GB, though I suppose I can always turn the AA down a bit if need be when games begin to approach the 2gb limit. I feel like this card will also hold it's value pretty decently for the next few years because of it's sheer power.
Also, add me to the club plz. Edited by IBYCFOTA - 5/26/13 at 5:56am