I need a computer that can handle intensive and extensive use of 3D rendering software and game engine use for a reasonable budget. Roughly $1000-1200 including the monitor. Can anyone give me any ideas that will be good on performance?
You can drop down to a 7870 if it's too close to the budget. Additionally, you can change to a GeForce or either of the nVIDIA or AMD workstation cards depending on your work.
For 3D use, you may be better looking at a Nvidia card. Since they've released the lower range now, the price for performance is similar to AMD now. Perhaps a GTX 660 or a 660 Ti although not sure about the price.