I think trying to get the most power possible out of something you pay a certain number of points for is pretty much at cross purposes with the whole point of a points system. All trying to make the strongest list possible does is restrict the options in a give army or equipment for a given unit to only having a fraction of it viable. If you don’t optimize and neither do your opponents, then the whole range of miniatures becomes viable. if you do optimize, then the majority becomes crappy.
Model what you think is cool and then equip it based on the model.