Originally Posted by safariguy5
A few things have changed that I would add to the excellent post above.
OLED's are much more common. Almost all of the mid to high end models have OLED boards stock. You can find a used Bob Long 2k12 G6R or Axe Pro for about 500 bucks. No more decoding flashing lights.
Paint has become more consistent and smaller in size. Nowadays, most paint will bore out to about a .684 or smaller. You're almost always overboring with a .689 or a .691.
Newer models have done away with macrolines. Again, with the mid to high end guns, they've eliminated the macroline. Nice for when you're teching the gun, and it's one less thing that can leak.
They've also made tanks smaller, especially with the superlight versions of the Ninja tanks. Instead of drop forwards, some people are running reg extenders on their guns. I would suggest trying on different sized tanks on your gun of choice before deciding on a size.
nice adds. plays up why virtue boards are a thing of the past and barrel kits are nice to have. paint is location dependent too. cali guys seem to be using smaller bores and here in Jersey i still gotta run .685/.687 sometimes. This is for rec paint, not tournament grade.
someone mentioned budget which I kinda overlooked. the used market is definitely the way to go now. yourpbfriend.com and trademygun.com offer store backed 2nd hand gear if you're nervous about dealing with the forums. Start small and build your way up, I've dealt quite a few guns online and even shipped first to other countries completely unprotected. Haven't had an issue yet