FYI, the Asus VG248QE is now down to $265 backordered through Amazon (was $279 backordered last night from Amazon, and is now $289 from Newegg). I've been refreshing reviews and tracking this monitor at Newegg and Amazon for the past couple weeks wondering why I hadn't pulled the trigger yet. I'm stoked I waited, the extra $15 off through Amazon did it for me.
Even though Amazon says it ships in 3-5 weeks, I'm confident it will ship much sooner. A week ago, this was also backordered at Amazon stating 3-5 weeks, and the next day it was back in stock. So stoked to start gaming again, now I just need to pull the trigger on a video card, which I've been wrestling with since summer of last year.