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Old 07-27-2015, 02:53 PM #1
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Where do you put your money...

As a (semi) noob on a budget, I'd like some advice. Like the title states, do you max out your gun and take the hit on the hopper and air tank, for instance a halo too and a 3k tank, or do you by an lower level gun and get a rotor or spire and 4500 tank? This is all assuming you'll upgrade whatever you downgraded a little further down the road. The local store suggested an etha, Z2 and 4500 before spending the extra money on an etek 5. Is this sound advice? Thanks for your suggestions.

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Old 07-27-2015, 02:57 PM #2
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1. Mask
2. Gun
3. Tank
4. Hopper
5. Soft goods/other gear

In order of what I feel you should get first, second, etc.

And to answer your question, a $50 steel tank will work just as fine as a $200 carbon fiber tank on a gun. You just won't get as much shots and it won't be as lightweight. If you get an electric gun, you will most likely need to get an electric hopper to keep up with your gun.
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Old 07-27-2015, 03:06 PM #3
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... The local store suggested an etha, Z2 and 4500 before spending the extra money on an etek 5. Is this sound advice? Thanks for your suggestions.

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Yes, it's a good advise assuming you are getting a good mask first.
Personally, I would go with Halo Too vs Z2, but it's just a mild preference, never mind.
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Old 07-27-2015, 03:12 PM #4
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mask it #1.

you could buy used hoppers or tanks or guns to save money.
a good hopper over a tank.
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... a $50 steel tank will work just as fine as a $200 carbon fiber tank on a gun....
Yep... and for some reason that steely ends up as a trusty always ready backup in the trunk of your car after you pickup a used CF tank a few games/weeks later.
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:00 PM #6
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Thanks for the replies. I took some good advice on sparing no money on the most comfortable mask, and it paid off. So the consensus is to go ahead and splurge on the gun and upgrade hopper and tank later? That seems reasonable...
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:03 PM #7
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Based on what you posted I'm going to assume you have ~$400 to spend.

Pick up an etha or mini used, $175-200
Halo 2, used $35
Used 3000 psi steel tank $45
Used mask eflex, I4, etc $75
Barrel swab, new $20

Go play and have a good time.

Upgrades down the road would be a used tank, $90, pod pack and pods used $50, upgraded barrel kit you can get one of the best barrel kits on the market (empire sniper kit) for $65.

Don't spend any money on gear after that for a year or two, buy paint and get better/have more fun.
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Used 3000 psi steel tank $45
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you can get them new for $50 most time. i wouldnt buy a used 3000psi tank not worth the money to have it hydrod and only have a 3 year hydro at that.
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you can get them new for $50 most time. i wouldnt buy a used 3000psi tank not worth the money to have it hydrod and only have a 3 year hydro at that.
Yeah but you gotta point. Much better to put monies toward paint and actually playing than buying new and expensive gear and wishing you could afford to go.

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yes.

i have 2 out of hydro 3000 tanks i counldnt sell for $20 for both.
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:45 PM #11
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That was another consideration of mine… Buy a 3000 and its worth next to nothing after 4-5 years where as a decent 4500 is about $110 used and you can sell it for $70 fairly easily if its not 12+ years old. $40 investment…(in theory anyways)

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Old 07-27-2015, 06:41 PM #12
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...$40 investment…
I would not consider anything I put into this sport as an investment...
The CF tank's life is legally 15 years with a 5 year hydro, then it's destroyed, while the steely can live forever with the same hydro cycles.

I still recommend having both though...
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