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Wow I have to say, the two species you have chosen couldn't be more different in my opinion or at least from my experience.
I currently own a linnie and I have pet sat and interacted with many GCCs. After those experiences, I chose to get a linnie. At the time a GCC was on my short list as well as a lovebird. So out of the three species, I chose a linnie. I also own a budgie and a parrotlet.
I agree with Daisy in that GCCs are going to be a lot more dependent and needy than you are used with budgies and also in comparison to linnies. They are a lot like a dog in the respect that they can never get enough attention, they will take as much as you can give, whereas linnies are happy to see you and also fine to play on their own. GCCs will also be louder, guaranteed. Even a quiet one will be much louder than the average linnie. GCCs are more excitable (which is when they like to make a lot of noise and are very silly, lol) and people oriented than linnies. GCCs are also known for not getting along well with others and being more moody and nippy when comparing them to linnies--from my experience this is very true. Linnies are much more docile, so there is a greater chance of them getting a long with others and they don't seem to vary in their moods very much at all. They are very consistent in their moods/personality. My linnie has never bitten me but even though have never owned a GCC, I have been bitten by them several times. In fact, I got nipped hard enough to bleed by one the other day at a petstore that has tame handfed birds that are out playing all day. GCCs are more cuddly than linnies as well. A GCC will be about twice the size of a linnie. GCCs are more similar to parrotlets in temperament than linnies in my opinion.
I think GCCs and linnies might only have three similarities, their poops are about the same size lol, they both are pretty messy birds in comparison to others their size or smaller, and they both can be playful-but linnies are better able to play independently than GCCs.
Pretty much they are the opposite of each other. Where the GCC is very gregarious, the linnie would be more reserved, where the GCC is more needy, the linnie would sway towards being more independent, where GCCs can be aggressive, linnies just aren't. Where GCCs are more interested in people, linnies tend to take more time to warm up and are overall less people oriented.
My linnie gets along great with my budgie. I only have one linnie and she does fine on her own and having playtime with her bff budgie daily. So that might be something to also consider. It is never a guarantee that two birds will get along, but it definitely has a greater chance of working out between a linnie and a budgie than between a GCC and a budgie. But I agree with Daisy that GCCs (and probably parrotlets even more so) are better at being a singly kept bird than a linnie. My linnie definitely is more confident having a friend, even if it is a budgie.
If you like the fact that GCCs are more people oriented and are more cuddly than linnies (and don't mind that they can be moody, nippy, and may not get along with other birds), but don't like the potential for loudness, or neediness, maybe consider a parrotlet. They are more similar to GCCs than linnies are but they differ from GCCs in that they are smaller, quieter, more independent, much less messy, can be more territorial, and a little less silly than GCCs in my opinion. Both GCCs and parrotlets can be nippy, moody, and aggressive towards other species but are more people oriented and cuddly than linnies or budgies.
Hope that helps. Let us know what you decide.