I got a 480 a few years ago ago and it turns out to have been a great deal.. Think I got it for £180. Paired with a freesync 144hz monitor so much cheaper than the nvidia gsync option.
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
It's free up to level 20, otherwise it's $19.99 for the base game
Or I think you could do the public test realm for totally free, but that wouldn't be worth it really