After some time researching SBCs online I decided to go through with the Banana Pro.
It might not be the best SBC around these days, but its the most reasonably priced one that meets my requirements:
- LVDS support ( the LCD interface by online research )
- SATA support for the HDD
- full size mini PCIe / built in wifi with a UFL antenna connector
I also decided on the peripherals I want to integrate:
- Arduino Pro mini
- Logic pirate
To support them and other parts of the laptop I'm adding a usb hub to the mix.
I already purchased all of the above and they should arrive within a month - month and a half.