1. Where Can I Find a Beige Box to Mod? How Much Should I Pay?
For our first "instructional" post, we want to help you find your very first beige box that you can violate, devastate, and/or mod to your heart's content.So, where should you look to find an old junker of a biege box?
How much should you pay for a beige box?
- You might have one hanging around the house, in the attic, in a closet, or *gasp* currently in use. How easy is that?
- Universities, Schools, libraries, businesses may have held onto old stuff in a store room or have tossed it outside for disposal. Ask if you can look at their electronics recycling pile.
- E-Waste Recycling locations. Your ability to dig through these may be limited, but doesn't hurt to ask.
- Freecycle or other Free Giveaway advertisements/websites
- Craigslist or international "for sale" site equivalent. (please notify us of equivalents in other countries)
- Ebay or equivalent. Be aware that shipping costs may make this not really worth the bother. However, often you can filter by distance from you, and you may find one close enough to pick up.
- Local PC Repair Shops. Note that sometimes they are stingy about them, other times they'll practically give them to you.
- Local newspaper and online for sale advertisements.
- Garage/Yard sales
- Pawn shops
Arguably, the best price is free. And many of the above you will be able to achieve that.
If the case is completely empty, and they want actual coin, you shouldn't pay more than $10 / 5€ for one. And only that if the case looks to be in good condition.
If the case contains some old components, you may be able to salvage some sheet metal, wiring, connectors, or other goodies from it. In that case, it's not crazy to pay $20 / 15€ for it.
In our next post, we'll talk about what features will make modding easier or more difficult. Stay tuned!