This is great, you greedy bast#$%(, lol
I am glad that people are helping out even in our neck of the woods!! Please post pictures of your progress and I will be sure to look out for great deals for you and pass them along.
I am at MIT now and we have a really cool tech fair thing here in the spring months, if you are still funding the class I will send you all the info they have on those things.
I also have a guy that gets old part, broken machines, and machines off lease DIRT CHEAP!! As a result he sells them for little to almost no profit just for a fast turn around. An example is the laptop I am using in my setup
IBM Thinkpad T23 - $100 (It had a broekn LCD) - I just stripped the LCD and used the laptop - P3 1.3Ghz, 512mb, 30GB - for 100 bucks CANT BEAT THAT WITH A BAT.