First, if I should be emailing them and not posting here, please let me know.
However, I wanted to ask questions as I'm thinking on buying 1088 XEL. I wanted build because I can't solder (I guess I could but I don't know about electronics to be honest, so I will make it a mess).
First, I was trying to see the difference between XLD and XEL... Besides the form factor and casing (one having a 1050 drive case), I wasn't sure there were many large differences.
https://thebrewingacademy.com/products/mytek-1088xel (design by @mytek , sold by brewing academic) However, while the XLD looks cool, I find the XEL extremely cool and I sow @flashjazzcat video where he was building and I love the design. It is expensive but considering what I'm spending on ebay, I think I can find a way to spend it. Of course, the problem remains that over 1K is hard to avoid my wife noticing. When you do 100, 200, 300 in ebay, is easier to hide (well, that's another problem in itself).
Now, There are some options. They have three sophia B and C (two C modes, one B). And VBXE. I will get the VBXE but I wonder if is worth getting Sophia C and/or B?
Here is what in mind seems to be a good configuration but I was wondering your opinion.
Daughter boards (UAV, Ultimate 1M upgrade, SIO2PC) (+$105.00) ==> Do I have mail them the upgrades or do I have solder them?
Atari LSI Chips (ANTIC,PIA,SALLY,GTIA,POKEY (x2)) (+$155.00)
Sophia rev. C (DVI-1280x1024) (+$105.00)
VBXE (RGB/SC1224) (+$115.00)
1088XEL-CF3 Dual CF Adapter (+$65.00) (It seems that this is the same as 1088XEL-CF3 Single (F-chips) incl. disk swap button (+$55.00) but with two.. and I'm not sure it has a disk swap button)
Realan H80 Case (+$65.00)
Cartridge Tunnel for H80 (black is default) (+$15.00)
Internal Joystick Cables & Ports (x2) (+$10.00)
Panel Indicator for H80 Lid (+$15.00)
Mouse Select for H80 (+$17.50)
Customer designed Lid for H80 (+$90.00)
DVI Backplane for H80 (+$60.00) (There is a custom one but they say to get DVI if using the video options I picked. I guess the custom can do the same but I'm not sure what would be the need for the custom)
MultiSIO Internal Board KIT (+$30.00)
PIC-Stick Programmer Assembled (+$35.00) ===> This one I don't think I will ever need since I'm not soldering anything or assembling this myself... or should I get it?
Joystick extension cables (pair) (+$15.00)
All Assembly & Testing by The Brewing Academy (+$400.00)
However, it seems that I may need to have Ultimate 1M upgrade (I'm not sure they are providing this based on what I read). Is this something that goes in a socket or do I have to solder it? They also say is hard to find Pokeys, so I wonder if I have to provide it to them.
Who has purchased with them? Maybe you have more experience. I will email them with direct questions but I wanted to know your opinion on my configuration.
Thank you everyone