- Jun 1, 2017
'Best bang for buck' is subjective because it also depends on which performance curve you pick to start with. You picked the gaming performance curve where R3 1200, R5 1600, 7700K and Pentium G4560, even Core i9 7900X and Threadripper 1950X all arguably end up pretty close to each other not due to capability but due to the lack of optimization of plenty current gaming software. That's a pretty shortsighted performance curve to base a decision on as that doesn't necessarily apply to other software nor future gaming software.'Best bang for buck' is subjective because it depends where on the performance curve you wish to be.
I could argue that an R3 1200 presents much better value than an R5 1600 since it is half the price but provides 80%+ the gaming performance. Or even a Pentium G4560 which has similar gaming performance to the R3 1200 (albeit with much worse MT performance) for 1/3 the price of an R5 1600.
IF you budget for a CPU happens to be roughly $200, then yes an R5 would be a good buy, with a good balance of gaming and MT performance.