On the 2nd January 2014 I got myself an XFX R9 290 4GB GPU.
From memory I can't remember if it happened then, but somewhere along the line I started getting random BSoDs ocurring when I wasn't doing anything bar running VLC and browsing the internet. I dismissed this is just computer errors and went about my day, as they were pretty infrequent at the time. Now, however, they have become a lot more frequent. Last week alone I had 2 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Posting a picture of the BSoD and the "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shut down" to Tom's Hardware, I was told it was due to drivers, so they advised to reinstall the drivers, which I did, and everything was fine for the rest of the night.
The next day, I started playing Planetside 2 with a friend, and all of a sudden both my monitors start looking like this:
It was strange in that for a few minutes my Steam voice chat was still fully functional, but then my whole system completely crashed. This has happened once.
However tonight I once again have been attacked by the BSoD, which is really starting to get on my nerves when all I'm doing is browsing the web. I checked the codes and it's the same as the driver ones from before.
I really don't know what to do at this point. The place I got it from said they can repair the card, though, I'm more concerned that when/if I send it it won't act up for them and I'll be charged the $25 and all shipping costs and get a buggy card sent back to me. I'd really like to be able to pursue a refund and get either another 290 or a different card all together, but the problem isn't something I can easily replicate, I potentially can if I can remember everything I had open in my browser, but other than that it only happens when it feels like it.
Any help for this issue would be so very gladly appreciated!