I've viewed this forum for a while and finally got around to making my account, and here is my first post. I am an avid thinker and fantasizer of modding, yet fairly virgin to the actual affair. I have a long history of PC building and minor modificiations to make things how I like, but my ideas are usually to grand to be achieved on my own or at a reasonable cost. As I have a family and Wife, who likes to control the $, I have a very limited amount of space and $ to work with. My question and discussion starter here, is on the 'Spirit' of modding. Many here seem to have access to a veritable workshop full of every tool one would need to build just about anything you'd like for PC modding... and many prove it over and over... Angel.... ... but then comes the average guy like me. I live in an apartment with my wife, 2 kids, 4 dogs and 2 cats... very limited on space to manuever and no storage space for the tools I want/need. I have found outside sources who can fabricate and modify the parts to my desires, but in that case I would only be assembling my thoughts off of someone elses labor. I may be a little to nit-picky about that part, but it is the only avenue those in my situation have. In general, sure the finished product is what matters, but does the fact that the actual physical art of creating the piece having been done by someone else detract from a modders perceived skill? Given the chance and tools, and more mod-friendly wife, I would LOVE to do this kind of work on my own. Sadly, that seems to be a distant chance. Perhaps a modding team of local enthusiasts would be an equal option to preserve the integrity of the build? I'm mostly spouting my thoughts, but I would like others feedback here. I know I've held back on some modding based on stigma I've read on other sites about people getting poor reviews for not having 'done the work themselves'. I guess in the end, it's my brain-child and my desires that form it though. If I'm just thinking too much, I do that... feel free to and move on lol.