Which Option Would You Choose?


Finally looking to upgrade this fossil of a computer I've got, since the motherboard seems to be failing.

Current Specs:
Intel Xeon x5650
GeForce GTX 970

So I've got a few options here. A couple barebones ones that come only with a case, CPU, and mobo:




With that option I could just transfer all the other stuff over. I'm leaning more towards the one with the Intel i7-9700... but I'm not sure my GPU would fit in there. It's water cooled as well, only single fan, and looks like it might be able to squeeze in the top of that... but I'm not 100% sure on that.

The other option I've got is getting a whole computer, for which the only candidate I've found is this:


I think the processor on that one is a little bit better, but probably not a whole bunch.
And I think my video card is slightly better, so I'd replace that. But, then I'd have a backup, which is nice.
Not as much RAM as I'd like, either, but I think I've got some 8GB sticks laying around that should work.

Those are all right around the max of my budget right now. If anyone has advice on what they think the best choice would be, or any better alternatives it'd be greatly appreciated.


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I won'tbuy barebone

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/M6BmQq
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($160.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($81.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $494.41
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Reuse GTX970 and case.