What to do with the following old laptop parts? (incl. Intel Core i5-3230M)

Aug 16, 2022
I have disassembled an old laptop since the case was irreparably damaged. I am considering re-using the components:

  • Intel Core i5-3230M (Ivy Bridge)
  • 2 x 4GB SO-DIMM DDR3 RAM 1600MHz Crucial
  • Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230
  • An SSD
The entire device was based on a Clevo W551EU Barebone.

The components, while old, are still good for office work, and my basic requirements haven't changed. I am wondering whether they can be re-used for building either
(a) a new backup laptop from scratch on a budget
(b) or a new Mini PC

It's been a while since I built a Desktop PC. I am not even sure whether there are still motherboards for Ivy Bridge processors.

Do you have suggestions where to look for (a) barebone laptops or (b) compatible motherboards for mini PC? In both cases, I don't even know what and where to search.

Budget: below 500$ / 500 EUR
Purpose: office
Location: Western Europe
All other specifications not settled yet, this is just a free time thing.


The last "broken" laptop I had got repurposed by removing the screen, adding an antenna, and gluing the modified base to a VESA mount. I then attached it to the back of a TV. I utilize a keyboard and mouse with it as an office machine and it works quite well.