For under $800 you can get some pretty insane video cards. Ever since the Nvidia GTX 900 series came out, manufacturers have been cramming as much as they can into every product (and that's a good thing).
EVGA GTX 980 Ti FTW (~$680)
Maxwell GPU architecture
Supports 4 monitors (max digital resolution: 4096x2160)
6GB 384-bit GDDR5
PCIe 3.0 16x
Clocks & ...
As has been said, Pascal is coming soon, and is expected to have greater performance increases than the Kepler to Maxwell transition (Pascal should be released to public around the end of Q2). However, I wouldn't dismiss multi GPU setups out of hand, though perhaps it makes more sense as a later upgrade.
Why multiple GPUs are better with Pascal:
Well, just like @Cfinley said, Nvidia is about to drop the Pascal Series. You're probably get the most bang for you buck with one of those, but since we don't have concrete prices/specs, it's mostly just speculation. If you want your GPU soon, I would recommend the 980 TI over 970 SLI. In my opinion, there are many benefits to the 980 ti.
Lower TDP. The 980 ...
GPU is usually faster, but I cannot find GPU benchmarks for Handbrake, so I'll recommend a CPU. Keep in mind that using the CPU I recommend, you need a new motherboard.
I'd recommend an AMD FX-8320E. The 8320 because it's practically AMD's top of the line, and the 'E' because that basically means it's better binned, and they are both the same price at the ...
We use the HP Z Books at work for Solidworks/Ansys, they perform surprisingly well, we compared them to existing HP Z800 desktops and they were as fast/faster in tests relevant to our work (solve times, rendering, etc).
You're limited to 32GB Ram and 2 512GB SSD's + Blueray/DVD, but depending on your requirements that may be sufficient.
They weight around ...
The GTX 980 Ti as the other answer mentioned would well meet your needs. It's super powerful, probably the most powerful video card on the market for < $1000 and is competing with the GTX Titan X.
And I know it is a common misconception that gaming cards (such as the GTX series) are bad for rendering, but that is simply not true. The workstation ...
I am not sure how a $800 graphics card would go in a $1500 computer. One can technically buy it, but without a good motherboard, powersupply, CPU, RAM, HDD, and most importantly a case, it's just going to be a super expensive paperweight.
For $1500, assuming you spend two-thirds of the budget for the rest of the build, a GTX 980 would be a good bet. You can ...
I would recommend the Ryzen 5 3600 for these reasons:
The 3600 has faster single core performance, and almost matches the multi core performance of the Ryzen 7 2700X because of that. The Ryzen 7 2700X does a little better in CPU rendering benchmarks but you should be using a GPU for rendering anyways. That would make this small advantage irrelevant.
The CPU ...
I would suggest you to go for AMD Ryzen 5 3600
=> Ryzen 5 3600 is 3rd generation of AMD's processors and Ryzen 7 2700X is second generation.
=> Ryzen 5 3600 is based on latest 7nm processor and Ryzen 7 2700X is based on 12nm
=> Ryzen 5 3600 is much more recent than Ryzen 7 2700X
=> Ryzen 5 3600 requires 65W and Ryzen 7 2700X requires 105W to operate
A GTX 1080/1080 Ti in a AORUS/Gigabyte Gaming Box/Sapphire GearBox/AKiTiO Node, on macOS High Sierra
First and foremost: what card is best for you will depend heavily on your specific workload, down to often even relatively small details. Things from what you're modeling, render settings, and even what format you're exporting to can influence what ...
I express my opinion about GPU for a designer and its workstation:
Workstation graphic card is more efficient than gaming series for designing and rendering.
So then I prefer to you buy a workstation series laptop (e.g. in HP workstation ZBook series, In ThinkPad workstation is P or W series and in Dell workstation is precision or latitude series)
This looks really great, but remember, it is huge. It's like a mini supercomputer!
I'm not sure what the outside is made of, but I don't think it will break. It has a 12 core Xeon and Dual GTX 980M which is probably one of the most powerful laptops you can find on the market. The only problem is that it ...