I'm not certain if this is the right forum or if it should be in the Laptop forum. Anyway...
I have a decent/good (spec-wise) laptop from dell - an XPS M1530. The problem is that this laptop is kind of a lemon. Some of these problems are not my fault (it's fried a few power cords, and the keyboard has problems even after replacement - sounds like battery and motherboard, but I really have no idea. Some of these problems certainly my fault (the screen is cracked because I stepped on it.)
I'm wondering if I can use some of the better parts in here for a desktop. I know next to nothing about building computers, but I've heard a significant part of the costs are the memory and video cards, and mine have been sufficient for me so far. I'm not sure how interchangeable different parts are in different systems, especially between the desktop/laptop barrier. Could some of you help me see if they would be interchangeable and if these parts are sufficient for a mid-range machine for the near future? A screenshot of (some of) my laptop's specs are here
On an aside, approx. how much does it cost to build a mid-range machine (ie, can play starcraft 2
) from scratch?