You should both check out the new Valken Proton marker wich seems hard to beat for the money. It is efficient, fairly smooth and it's also hoseless. I do have a VX clone but im planning on purchasing a Valken proton for a backup.
If you do want a higher end marker, you could always check out Used Dye DM's, Macdev clones, Bob longs etc.
As far as hoppers you can get some great deals on used Rotors and prophecy's v2/z2.
Macdev Clone VX Brown/white
Safer 73/45 with Ninja SLP.