I have a Spyder Victot II right now. I really like egronomics of it, but I want to upgrade it to electric. Is it worth it? I was thinking the virtue board. Or should I just get a used gun?
My max budget for all my upgrades (including hopper) is $150.
Honestly, a budget of $150 is going to really start limiting your options. Personally, I was suggest against taking a mechanic gun and trying to upgrade it to electro. In general it works, but it's never quite as good as a marker that's *made* to be electro IMO.
My suggestion, if you're serious about getting an electro, save up your money and get a cheap electro and decent / cheap hopper. This way you not only have a better quality marker, but you'll have to hopper that you won't want to replace in 4 months (because you had to get something cheap to fit your budget) and an extra setup (your current one) to loan out to friends or as backup.
Suggestions for guns? Look at the older Planet Eclipse Ego and Dye / Proto markers. They'll be older and heavier than the newer stuff, but they're still quality and will still serve you well.
Now that I think about it; if you're running a Spyder, my guess is you have a CO2 tank. If that's correct the above advice is still *good*, but it won't be compatible with your CO2 tank; they'll be compressed air only.
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You have a couple options. This is an MR1 I did for a guy. Total was $20, including my labor and the frame(I always have a E Spyder frames laying around). This option gives you semi auto, 3 and 5 round burst and full auto. It also lets you set your BPS up to 15.
However with a $150 budget what I would get is a Spyder rocking trigger. For me, personally, I don't like the ergonomics of a rocking trigger but most do. Especially moving from a mechanical trigger.
Either option will require a hopper upgrade. Your best bet is a Halo. They can be bought between $35 and $75 depending on condition and upgrades. I'd recommend a cheaper one, any Halo will more than keep up with any Spyder. The nice part is a Halo can also keep up with anything you upgrade to later.