I used to follow the scene back when it was just the Neo and Messiah chips. Now that I'm finally willing to shell out the cash to upgrade my old Neo 2.5 to a no swap chip, I find that there are so many options out there that I don't know what to pick. I've read some of the other modchip choosing threads, but in most of those, people recommend buying the DMS or Messiah chips. Unfortunately, as a broke college student, I have a hard time paying $50-60, when I can get something that gets the job done for half the price. What I want to know is what people recommend on the lower budget end. Here's the relevant data:
Price range: ~ $30 after shipping
I don't care if the chip has region free or macrovision disabling.
I don't care if the chip supports anti-mod PS1 games.
What I do care about is good price, supports a lot of stuff (DVD9, silvers, etc), stable, and easy to use(i.e. no complicated booting method).
Feel free to recommend a vendor for a chip as well.
I'm much obliged to any experts who would care to offer me their advice.