Seeing as how I'll be starting my new job soon, I'll be able to afford an entirely new computer. But being both cheap and a geek, I thought about building my own (which I've never done, might be cool). But then it occured to me that my Vaio is actually serving my purposes adequately, it's just a little slow (also it probably can't run WoW or Spore).
So what I wanna do is put a newer motherboard, processor, and memory in my Vaio, keeping my present drives and cards. In theory, this will let me get a faster computer for less money without having to move all my data.
So... guide me. First and foremost, will this work? My other geeky friends insist that building a computer is pretty much Tab A into Slot A once you get the right components, but I fear royally screwing up my precious PC. Secondly, what information do I need, where do I look for it, do you have any recommendations as far as what components I should be getting, etc.
I'm about to crack open my tower to start writing down serial numbers and taking pictures, I just wanted to get this up first.