What components are needed to assemble a mechanical keyboard? Can I modify pre-built boards?
First off, sorry for the broad question; noob here. I've had an interest in mechanical keyboards for some time and always enjoyed a good DIY project.
It's my understanding that you need
Is this accurate? Individually, these sets and pieces can be expensive. More expensive than a pre-assembled board.
Is it possible/ recommended to buy a pre-assembled board and modify it with different switches to save money?
That said, I saw that the mass drop community had an interest in the Gateron Switches so I committed blindly. I did some research and committed to the plate mount switches, as it seems like they are a good starting point for people who are new to the game and don't want to run the risk of breaking solder joints and their pcb.
I've looked into a couple of how-to's and generally understand the process, but was concerned with the price.
- Case (60% or Full)
- Plate (optional - by build)
- Switches (and related stabilizers)