This is a solid new CPU architecture, providing exceptional multi-threaded performance, solid single-threaded performance and very good power efficiency.
In my opinion the 1700X is the best value if you don't plan to overclock. The 1800X is slightly faster but significantly more expensive while the 1700 (at stock) is clearly inferior, especially in single-threaded (gaming) performance. Even if you plan to overclock, all Zen cores are limited by design and current process technology to at most 3.9-4.1GHz so the gains can be relatively limited, even if you have a lot of patience and a good quality chip.
Compared with Intel, the Xeons or the 6950X are faster if money is no object (>1500), the 7700K is faster for gaming but slower for most multithreaded tasks and the 2011 Intel platform offers more memory capacity (8xDIMM) but is significantly more expensive. All Kaby/Skylake overclock much better, but cannot compensate in multithreaded tasks.
To make it short: in this price range, if you only game, get the 7700K, if you also do other stuff, especially compilation/video encoding, consider the 1700X.
Be aware of some minor difficulties with the maturing platform before buying and be prepared to tune RAM clocks, update the BIOS a few times and adjust a few settings here and there. For example, Ryzen seems to operate better with an AMD power plan (instead of the default "balanced" provided by windows). You can easily find it online. Similarly, confirm that you have an AM4-compatible cooler. Ideally, plan for Ryzen-specific RAM.
My personal experience with this processor has been stellar until know, especially for compilation (ultrafast) and video encoding.
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