meant to post this the other day, I'm not sure if they'll ship to you, but jet.com is like an amazon competitor iirc owned by walmart now but they have discount codes for new member orders and my friend told me the other day the 12 thread 1600 ryzen would be like ~$185....then there's consideration about the motherboard and ram as well, heard ryzen likes fast ram 3200mhz+ being ideal.
It really all honestly depends what you do, Intel is still slightly stronger per core, but AMD just went from sucky core2quad ipc level (in the fx series) to haswell-ish level ipc per core with a traditional design now iirc instead of the "modules" from bulldozer,piledriver,etc that seemed to choke performance in certain things since each two cores basically shared a floating point unit (FPU) ....I've done alot of reading over the years, personally if it wouldn't cost much more or if it's cheaper, I'd definitely get the 12 thread zen cpu to be good for years, if I hadn't of scored an i7 2600k cheap used on ebay recently I was going to get the 12 thread zen
the top tier 16 thread zen is nice but honestly overkill, no game would use that many, and you're essentially getting a high end intel 12 thread x99 cpu for cheap with the 1600.....I wouldn't get the "X" version since they're just clocked slightly higher and you could overclock the regular 1600 to match its speeds.
The only thing to keep in mind honestly is trying to have the latest bios since mobo companies have been improving zen performance with them, and they need fast ddr4 to really shine ahead....I was looking to get one the other day but I'd need ddr4 and the new mobo plus cpu too
sucks though since one of my main reasons was keeping my current ddr3, yet the other day a corsair 4gb stick died, and games and chrome eat up alot and have almost used my 12gb up lol....printer died awhile back too so I'd need to buy a new one just to print the RMA crap, would be less hassle to get a new 8gb stick. Either way I guess even my old i7 2600k should be good for awhile longer, haven't even overclocked it yet...they really made a good chip years ago, 6 and a half years is a long time in the cpu world but that's approx how old the sandy bridges are now...then again, to me if you really think about it, intel kinda screwed themselves by not increasing ipc much in over 6 years...not much incentive at all for me to upgrade to a new expensive intel when the new ryzen is a much better value being cheaper with more cores/threads.
honestly if you could find a good deal online, a used z68 and i5 2500k or i7 2600k would still be really strong and way better per core than the FX AMD. They're good on a budget but the fps was dipping annoyingly down in Arma and DayZ for me which I play alot so I upgraded to the i7 using my current old 1155 mobo laying around.
edit: appears the seller gave me a bad i7 as it's been randomly freezing the pc up=/ going to do a refund and get another, still way cheaper than getting a new cpu, mobo and ddr4 expensive ram...for 16gb of 3200+ i think it was like 150 bucks >_>