get a se for a little bit more or try ebay you can get one for 60 alot of times the stock parts are bad but once swaped with sanwa or semitsu parts you will be good. or you can wait save up a little money and buy a te for $130 shipped on amazon.com all high quality parts and will work on pc as well
I can tell you my experience. My first stick was a Hori Fighting Stick 3, didn’t like it. First off, the buttons felt kind of stiff, but the biggest problem was the unit’s weight. I would play it on my lap and it would constantly move, but this probably won’t be a problem if you play on a flat surface. Also, if you want to mod it later prepare to get your soldering gun out.
Next stick I bought was the Mad Catz SE for PS3 ($63 on amazon). Stock parts felt decent, but again, the buttons didn’t feel great. I modded them out, added an octo gate, and custom art. Adding a new stick and buttons is really easy, though afterwards you’ll probably spend as much for a new TE stick ($130 on Amazon). People complain about the SE’s stock stick, but it hasn’t died on me yet, but I WILL replace it (trying to figure out with a sanwa or seimitsu). One thing I will say, putting an octo gate on it is a real bitch. However, the weight is good for lap play.
My other stick is a HRAP 3 (got lucky and got i ton ebay for $60). It comes with a Sanwa JLF and it’s very responsive and sensitive (sometimes I think it’s too sensitive). The buttons are alright, somewhere between the stock mad catz and Sanwa.
Both of the sticks work well on my comp (I’m running Vista). I think if you feel you’re going to mod the stick later you should definitely look at the Mad Catz SE or HRAP. There’s lots of guides on this site. Most can be found by using the search button.
so, i was in this boat for a while too debating whether or not to even get a stick. Seeing mvc2 come to download and then the whole sf IV stick re-release pushed the issue again.
I would say talk to your parents or what not (assuming you say 60 cause you have no money or your parent are paying), see if you can talk them into getting you an early christmas present (explain the limited qtys and such).
reason i say this is because the TE is much more comfortable. i know it is an opinion based thing, but when you look at the TE you have just much more room to do things.
amazon or newegg would be best places to go, amazon = no tax, same with jr.com if you want to save on tax.