You say all they offer is higher clock speed, but that could be rebutted with "all ryzen offers is more cores". That by itself isnt a great argument.
A dead socket however is a much better argument. Thing is though that it relies on believing that Ryzen 2 will clock significantly better (and therefore attractive to me), that intel wont have a comparable offering, and that no new killer motherboard features will be coming.
As for Ryzen 2 clocks, I dont think anyone can even speculate about that.
For intel offerings, if a 6 core is coming up, I think at least vs current Ryzen cores, itll pretty handily win in most ways. especially considering for pure multi-threaded performance the 7700k is about on par with the 1600x
The last thing is about motherboard features changing, and that, If im not forgetting anything is probably actually probably the safest thing to assume wont happen since pci4 is a while off and pci3 isnt a problem at all, and I dont think theres any new usb on the Ryze. This is a good argument in Ryzens favour on the budget side of things actually and one that isnt mentioned much.
Ontop of that, I also will eventually need another board so that makes some amount of sense as well.
So, back to my situation, it seems the only actual pluses that Ryzen has for me, is perhaps an increase in gaming performance in 2-4 years when I plan to have a different cpu in probably 2, not having to get a new motherboard if Ryzens next gen is appealing to me or more head room for other tasks while gaming, which is where most of the choice making this thread is about comes from.
Currently, the most cpu intensive game I can think of (bf1 multiplayer), uses about 70-90% cpu time. Considering youtube browsing and my systems regular background tasks take up about 10% when not in focus, thats probably going to start eating into gaming performance if a game comes along that maxes out my cpu.
That, is where Ryzen might really start looking like the better option with the extra cores.
So, its really back to, how significantly will games change in ~ 2 years, because with most games I play, my cpu usage is sitting around a comfy 50% and the higher clock speed is a healthy boost to performance. I mean it is 25% higher clocks.
What would really be able to change my mind right now is if someone had a properly done write up or video review of Ryzen vs Intel (particularly the 7700k) in multitasking while gaming.
It was also mentioned that building with Ryzen is attractive as a novelty of something new, but I couldnt care less about that, or supporting a multibillion dollar company or anything like that. I just want the best thing for my situation.