We tested with our test rig's standard cooler to give comparative results, which are more important than a standalone figure that doesn't relate to anything.
And we used Attila as it's an incredibly intensive DX11 benchmark, while the DX12 Warhammer test was incredibly flaky for a long while.
As for the 8-thread Ryzen 5 chips, they perform significantly worse than the Coffee Lake hexcore in both gaming and multi-threaded tests.
I do agree that Ryzen would make for the more future-proof option in the long run with AMD's plans for AM4 support.
However, for just gaming, the four-core/eight-thread 7700 should be plenty for quite a few years, really the graphics card will be a worse bottleneck long before the CPU.
Since the option for a GPU upgrade is there with the Trident, I think this makes it more future-proof compared to other pre-builts with more proprietary parts.
Personally I'd say just don't go AM3+ if you're buying fresh at all. It's a dead-end with new AMD chips coming in a few months.
And you're right about the budget boards; it's why I recommended the H170 as a decent option for those not looking to overclock their processors or needing high-performance memory.
AM4 is taking far too long, but I think as far as new parts go an FX 8300 + ASrock 970A board that has USB 3.1 is pretty cheap for pure multi-threaded performance, or it's alright for certain kinds of servers
If I remember right she had an undisclosed relationship to a press employee that covered her game, and then the press was discovered to be collaborating together as they tried to destroy the "gamer" identity