Thanks a ton MrSlim.
The one I borrowed was actually the exact same model you warned against haha. I though something was up.
Thanks for the ebay link, I will most likely buy that listing.
this is getting exciting. Now all i need is time to buy all the parts and pcb board and a clean space to get DIYing
If it looks something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WEL8200PK-120-Volt-Universal-Soldering/dp/B00002N7S0/ref=pd_cp_hi_1, then no, it has way too much power for the type of soldering you would be doing. There are even higher powered models.. You want something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/50W-soldering-STATION-4-TIPS-kit-solder-iron-NEW-tmc-/300442293106?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f3c19372. It looks that same as mine, probably from the same Chinese factory, and it works great. And you get the bonus of 4 tips..
It will save your butt when you make a mistake and need to unsolder something..
Besides that, get yourself some good side cutters, small needle nose pliers, some fine guage resin core solder, and a cheap digital meter, and you'll be set for doing the Guts of DIY..
When you start into case work, then it's handy to have a friend who has some power tools that he'll let you use, unless you have your own. I've done all my casework with a cheap drill press I snagged off Craigslist, some shoulder bits for doing bigger holes, and a Dremel knockoff I got at 50% off ( and paid for with CdnTire money(Canucks will know what I'm talking about).