hmm thanks, but I'll probably just buy the TE because I have no clue how to mod it and I want a stick that can last me for a good while. So hopefully I can find a nice stick on sale for the PS3 soon.
Wait for a TE in AWD. Putting in the sanwa buttons+joystick will be at least $50, you'll have to do the work yourself (not hard though), and the physical size of the SE is smaller and less comfortable in my opinion than the TE. Grabbing any of them around $80 would be the best option I think.
Just as an FYI though, the brawl stick has a better reputation than the SF SE stick.