Thats the problem. I've found a few suppliers who will sell pretty close to something thats barebones. Xotic PC has offered just a case with a mobo and something else, but I forgot. Newegg sells laptop parts rather cheap, so basically the principle is that you can build a really good desktop replacement for not an exorbitant sum. The place that I've found with directions
Tomorrow I'm going to be making some calls to ASUS and some other places seeing if I can pick something up off of them, a refurb or something along those lines.