Right now I am thinking that the most economical way for me to acquire a decent fight stick would be to buy the cheapest stick I can find and fill it with Sanwa parts purchased separately.
For the parts, I’m planning on buying a JLF-TP-8YT-DB joystick and six OBSF-30 buttons. This would cost ~$49 shipped from Lizard Lick, or $40 shipped from Arcade Spare Parts. It seems like people have a preference for the former, but I’m inclined to go with Arcade Spare Parts due to the lower price. (If there’s a compelling reason for me to go with Lizard Lick instead, please let me know.)
As for the stick, I’m a bit unsure of what to get. The only platform I own is a PC, but I have occasion to play on Xbox 360’s and Playstation 2’s quite often, so support for either of those platforms would be a plus. I’ve been told that there’s a “super cheap” Mayflash stick good for modding. However, the only place I’ve managed to find it is Amazon, and the prices there are comparable to what I’d expect to pay for an SE stick. This place also has the Mayflash stick on backorder, but it totals to more than $40 including shipping.
I’m thinking that an SE might be a good base for modding. Checking Amazon, it seems like the PS3 SE is actually significantly cheaper than the Xbox SE. Is there a place where I can acquire the Xbox SE for a similar price, or is Amazon the cheapest I am going to find?
Lastly, are there any other cheap sticks that I should consider as a basis for modding? PC support is a must, and my preference is for something with Xbox 360 or PS2 support.