Just keep lookin for good deals. I am the definition of a budget baller I got all my stuff for cheap compared to it's "buy new price." just don't be hasty to blow all your cash go slow. But the sources are the B/S/T forum and eBay.
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Go to the B/S/T forums and go look under "Miscellaneous Equipment." If you can find an Ion part out, that's your best bet, you can get some pretty good deals sometimes. And ya like they said above, don't rush the upgrading, just look for good deals and buy stuff then.
For a first upgrade get the Smart Parts 360 QEV, I would buy that new instead of used though. Only 20 bucks at any local paintball shop.
Also you can start out with a used upgraded ion from B/S/T that has most of the upgrades you're looking for for a VERY low price in comparison to what they would be new or even parted out. Then you can build from there.