I'll note I already have:
> A solid mask. I managed to luck out and got a mask in a package with anti-fog. It's comfortable enough and no fog so I have absolutely no problem keeping it until it runs its course
> Ninja 68/4500 Carbon Fiber Tank
> No feeding hopper yet(but I intend to get one as well)
Okay. So I'll start out by saying I actually love my 98c. I got comfortable with the mechanical aspect of it, and I like the reliability. With my 98c and my J&J barrel I pretty much have to do zero maintenance during an entire day of playing, not even cleaning my barrel; and I haven't had a single break in the marker since I've had it(since about the beginning of the year).
On the otherhand my brother-in-law got a Fenix after many recommendations and while the gun itself performs fine he seems to experience a blown o-ring every single time we go out and play. It got bad enough he considered returning it and getting another marker. His cousin also got a speedball marker, but I sadly don't remember which one he got, and he had an absolute horrible experience with it. I really wish I could remember the name but it had eyes and all the apparently measures to prevent breaks in the marker, but they still happened EVERY single round. It was so bad that he had to sit out every other game just to completely strip and clean out his marker because it was getting so filled with paint it wouldn't shoot anymore. He eventually ended up just playing with a back-up marker we had laying around. So those experiences have left me a bit wary with upgrading to electronic/speedball markers.
I'll also note that I, myself, am on a budget as far as paintballing goes. I can't afford to pour paint all over the field constantly with the ramping and such speedball markers offer. So rate-of-fire is of no interest to me. So on top of that, as far as hoppers go I intend to get one of the cheaper ones; my interest is more about upgrading from gravity fed than keeping up with high fire-rates.
So what can you suggest for that range(~$200)? What should I know about speedball markers and such if I upgrade to them? What about the experiences with my brother-in-law and his cousin's markers? I've heard great things about the Fenix around these forums reading, but his experience wasn't as great. I want a good, quality marker, and more importantly one that is reliable. I love the reliability in my 98c and I love the mechanical feel, but I'm also aware most around here feel upgrading from a Tippmann to another Tippmann is a waste of money. Also what to do about my barrel? It was only $30, and I know that's chump-change as far as paintballing/barrels go, but would if I get another marker would it be cheaper to just get another barrel or look into converting attachments?
This post has been edited by Dustyshouri: 03 November 2012 - 06:10 PM