I actually purchased that same rifle about two months ago for nearly the same price ($625) at a local shop. I recently became very interested in AR's and wanted nothing more than an entry level gun. I looked at over 15 shops locally and learned a lot about different rifles, specs, and options. I have no business buying a $1K rifle at this point in my life and knew that there were higher quality options available and ultimately will purchase another one in a few years if the money is there and plan on purchasing a higher quality model. I read a lot of folks who bad mouthed this DPMS rifle with some or no personal experience to support it but ultimately the price was right (for me) and for what I wanted it for.
I plan on shooting it very little and have yet to even run a round through it because I dont have that kind of time. I will use it to learn about AR's, find out what I like and dont like, and enjoy it for what it is. It is a flat top so you have to put optics on it to shoot it and I needed room in the budget for that, money for ammo, mags (it did not come with mags because you cannot purchase 30 round mags in MD).
Here is my breakdown right now and I have not fired a round through it;
Rifle = $625
(2) Magpul PMAGS $50
PA Micro dot with mount - $100
Magpul front and rear BUIS - $125 (I wanted fixed sights)
Midway Industries Gen2 two piece drop in Quad Rail - $125
Any AR is going to cost you a lot more money than just the rifle no matter how you build it so I knew that I had to determine my overal budget and go from there.
I cannot comment on the performance of the rifle but I am hoping that it is a positive experience. There is always somehting better, but you get what you pay for, and you pay for what you can afford.
It is a fun addiction. From what I can tell the guys on this forum are a good time as wel and know a lot more than I do.
I know that everyone likes pics so here is where I am now.