I started with a minelab Xterra 705. I bought a GPX 5000 a few months ago.
The XTerra never leaves the house. I can think if no way the 705 performs better except it is lighter. I only hold on to the 705 in case I get a second person to go with me that does not have a detector.
Only a very, very small percentage of metal detectors ever recover what they're worth. As long as you don't think this is how you'd earn a living, go for it.