i would get used. u can get a used etek three from trademygun.com for like 300 and thts a reliable source and you will get a much higher quality marker in my opinion. over the past few years tecnology in paintball has change but not drastically. its not like when the first ego came out it changed paintball guns forever. the only real difference is going to be that the solonoid is probably going to be more reliable but you should not have a solonoid problem unless it is your fault which i have learned most times it is. i just got a bob long vice which kicks major ass and that gun was made in 2008 and it will still preform just as well as many markers on the market today. hope this helps!