I bought a WASR10/63 about six years ago when they were about $300 NIB. Got it because it was cheap, had a good trigger and did everything expected of an AK. It was at a gun show so I was able to cherry pick to get straight sights and a decent magwell. No problems with it, even with surplus ammo, so I've hung on to it and have no plans to upgrade to higher respected version. Besides, I have quality when it comes to most other guns so why not have a cheap ugly mongrel with a bite!
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together.
You'll remember the quality of a gun long after you forget how much you paid for it.
US Army 1966-69, VFW Life Member, Retired Geek