Drew, I think you are going to get raped trying to buy online like that.
If you can find a backorder for a stripped lower in the $115-150 range- take it.
They really aren't hard to assemble. Some springs here and there and some roll pins.
The advice I have been giving my friends and just repeated. Go to Academy at 4:15 AM and see what is coming off the truck. Be the first one at the front door at 4:15 AM. Somebody is there to unload the truck and they will come and tell you what is on the truck. If they have an AR, tell them you want it. They will give you a business card with the Gun you are buying. The prices were reasonable two weeks ago. I haven't been in line since then.
So, Buy one at Academy, but remember you have to be there 3-4 hours early. Some people at the warehouse are calling their buddies and telling them which stores to go to. So, you will have to beat them there.
OR: Build, but don't get raped trying to pay more than $390ish for a lower and $600 for an Upper.
You can build one for $900 with a SS barrel match barrel with Quad Rail: Rguns $550, Spikes Combat Trigger: JoeBob's Outfitters $50, Palmetto State Armory Lower Parts Kit minus fire control group: $40; and Bravo Company 6 position stock with buffer tube, spring and buffer for $80. (Finding the Stripped Lower is the Challenge) That is the entire gun.
This post was edited on 1/31 at 4:58 pm