I personally would not pickup an aem. pricey, and they don't use any boost control strategies, basically a manual boost controller you can adjust in your car. (nothing against AEM I like them, just not this product. I have an AEM ems, and aem gauges in my car)
Almost any boost controller besides that would be decent. bump the boost and have fun. they are pretty easy to install as well. I had a cheap EBC I bought for under $100 and got some great use out of it. It was a blitz sbc II I believe. Thing kicked ass. I wish I still had it for some reason, but I control everything with my AEM ems now.
My aem works pretty well for boost control. lol a bit expensive if you are just doing bolt ons, but it does closed loop, and tuning.
I have a greddy profec B in my new car I just picked up. it has an aem v1 in it also, so I will be getting rid of the boost controller sometime in the near future. if anyone is interested in making an offer pm me.
Anyone running a high end controller like the APEX'i AVC-R Electronic Boost Controller or HKS EVC VI Boost Controller? They looks to have boost by gear settings and you can display a graph of your boost levels to help dial in gains at any rpm between 500-9000. I guess the draw back in the $500 price tag and ever a little more for the HKS. They still look very capable full of features.
I have the Apexi and its been reliable and has a lot of bonus features. When I got a non working dash upgrade the tach readout made fixing it a breeze. It does digital and guage display. You will be peak readings and so many settings you WILL be asking someone for help. Another thing is you get 3 settings for boost. I have A set at stock B at 12 PSI and C for WAS THAT A FRIGGING HONDA REVVING BESIDE ME>!>!>!>!
If you get it be prepared to go into your ECU wiring to tap the connections. It can also monitor injector pulse I think. I don't use it but I would have to look it up. I have mine on a stalk so its an odd install.