Hey Geddy, I too am on a budget. I first bought a helmet and then wanted armour. I got a small bonus from work, and decided to buy a kit. I knew relatively nothing at that time, and still very little now! as a result I ended up with an fx kit. I assembled it to the best of my ability, which was ok, but when you see some of the build on here, it was nowhere as good. I bought snaps, velcro and strapping as and when I could......Five years on and I have s decided to strip it down and start over. Its not screen accurate, but its mine.<br>
I plan on replacing all parts over time. My advice is to take your time, reseach, and dont do what I did by buying the first thing you see and rushing the build.