Hello, i recently built a new computer from scratch and i have everything I need except for a new GPU, i am currently using an Nvidia GT 520, it works, but it's not great. I am looking for a GPU that will last long, in terms of actually physically working, and not having to RMA, i am aware technology updates quickly, so there is no real future proof GPU, but i am looking for something high quality that will last for a while. My goal is to spend under 300$, because since i am only using a 1080p monitor, i only need something can display on that with high detail at 60fps, so no point in buying something like a 780. Something that caught my eye was the Asus r9 280 (non x)
I am content with the price and would buy it, but i would like to know if anyone has had it for a while or knows any information about it artifacting/ not working. I did not want to get the 280x because of several reviews of BSOD and flickering/artifacts. Something that I also was interested in was the gtx 770
The the 770 will give you good performance. EVGA is a good brand, I use them myself, and from experience I can say the ACX cooler is very nice. Newegg and Amazon have it for around $340 so you will be over-budget.
The better rated 280s seem to run ~ 80 dollars cheaper, but based on Tom's 2014 VGA charts you will get ~10 fps less at 1080p. The 3GB of vram on the 280 is advantageous at higher resolutions, but not a deal breaker at 1080p.
The ideal price/performance would be the 280x, but like you said I did find a worrying number of complaints. I would see if anyone who has responds to the contrary though as it is the better performance/price option.
Overall both ASUS and EVGA offer three year warranties standard (EVGA I know offers extended warranties), are reputable brands, and the coolers offered are good. The choice to make is are you willing to go ~$40 over-budget, and are you willing to trade ~10fps for $80.