I own 4 real pins and a Virtual cab. The real pins are better, because they are real. But, with the virtual pin I can play Star trek, walking dead, awesome future pinball and visual pinball original games, and tons more classic real games. With force feedback, when I hit the flippers I feel them snap, the solenoids fire with the pops and drop targets, etc. It's not real, but close enough. Otherwise I have an hour drive to location play with limited machines in various condition. And, the virtual tables never break or have a light go out or solenoid burn out. If you have the space and money, then go real, all day long. With limitations on both, virtual is a good option. I've thought about selling mine, but then realize, I'll never have that variety again. Yeah, I could emulate them on my MAME cab, but not the same as my VPCab. But, with your 2,000 to 3,000 budget, you'd be getting a low end commercial virtual cab. So, with that said, look at a system 11 or low end early DMD game.
FYI, check out VPCabs Vertigo model. Looks pretty cool and cheaper than my version.