What do you want to do?
You can probably start the softmod all over again.
Modchips are fine, but it is getting to the point that most new wii consoles cannot use the disk based ones, so you need to take that into consideration as well. I don't know what the age of your console is, but it is most popular andmore efficient to use usb anyway.
Softmodding is the way to go if you don't have the money, and have no anxiouty about installing the software.
Someppl have no issues with taking it apart and putting in a modchip.
So, what do you want to do?