I have a Macbook Pro with a 2.?? GHz Core 2 Duo processor from about 3 or 4 years ago. The case has taken a little abuse (a few moves) and I would like to convert the parts into a desktop. The system still seams to run well enough. I'd like to add a SSD to house the OS for a performance boost. Here's my issue...I'm pretty technical with repairs and upgrades to my own machines, but I have never built a computer before. What parts can I salvage from the Pro and what will I need to buy new to make this a fully functioning desktop? I plan on buying a mid or full size computer case, as well as the before-mentioned SSD. The superdrive will play DVD's, but will not burn, so I will probably need a new optical drive. I'm not sure what to do about ports, USB, DVI, etc? Power? Can I figure a way to attach the motherboard to the desktop case? Connecting it all, making it work together. I realize there will be some soldering and whatnot involved. I am excited about doing this. It will be like a Hackintosh, but legit! I don't want a ghetto system using the ports from the laptop. I'm willing to spend a little bit of cash to make this decent, but nothing extravagant. I believe I should be able to do this pretty cheap, i.e. $500 or less. Am I crazy? In the ballpark? I'd love some expert opinions/thoughts here. Thanks.