I'd start with assuming that everything in a laptop is as it is, with a few exceptions:
- you can replace the hard drive by one with more GB
- you can add RAM (up to a certain maximum)
- you can replace the optical drive (e.g. replace DVD by Bluray
If you have other plans, have it done by the shop before you buy it. They know what can be done and how
So, I have an iBuyPower CZ-17 that is dead in the water. Motherboard fried. At this point I would prefer to buy a used or cheaper new laptop, and just swap out the better parts.
My question is whether or not these parts are universal. What I'm most worried about is the video card. If I buy something with integrated graphics, could I still take the Nvidia GTX 675 and put it in there? I'm confident hard drives are universal, but still not 100% on anything.
I hear swapping out processors can be a pain, but if I did want to do it that shouldn't pose an issue either right?
My plan B is to buy a MSI GT70 (basically same model), but the motherboard issue seems to be prevalent in them as well, so I'd rather wap out to something completely different.