Originally Posted by ThunderCactus
The end product is only as good as your base.
You can't put $10,000 into a honda civic and call it a ferrari
But you can put a bunch of money into an Acura NSX and call it a clone of a Ferrari. http://izismile.com/2009/10/05/how_t...x_20_pics.html
@ OP: Buy off the shelf and "validated" stuff. It's not worth the effort and trouble unless you're really really interested in doing tech work. At least if you have 2 guns (one off the shelf and another project gun) you can tinker with one and break it and fix it and stuff while you have another backup so you can play next gameday.