I am new to hobby robotics and am wanting some direction on starting out. I can pick up on this kind of stuff very quickly and I know if I get some basic direction, that I could easily do this hobby and enjoy it greatly. I have lots of experience with programming in multiple languages like c#, c++, java, visual basic, and programming ideas and concepts. I have been programming for many many years and its a hobby of mine. So I know when it comes to programming I will be fine. I also understand basic electronics and princples of electricty and concepts. I work in a research and development lab and freqeuntly deal with automation type test setups that pertain to the company and what I do. I want to start simple and easy at first so I can learn the basics but was hoping to do this the cheap way. I know I will just have to break down and buy the motor controller and some simple things so I was wondering if anybody could direct me to some websites that supply robotic electronics for a pretty cheap price to get me started. I do not want a starter kit cause I would have to drop over 100 bucks and I also dont think I need to. I got lots of old electronics that I could easily use for the frame and struture of the robot so its mostly the gear motors and the motor controller that I need to purchase. Any help would and direction would be awesome! Thanks!!