Originally Posted by CourtJester
that's the info I wanted.
Thank you kind sir.
one other thing
shipping can easily offset that if you buy bits and pieces here and there. right now rra is offering free ground shipping on 25$+ orders. so factor in taxes, transfer fees, shipping rates to decide whether buying fully assembled is a good way to go for you money wise.
another advantage is you seldom get all the features you want and often ones you cant stand in a pre-built as opposed to getting EXACTLY what you want in a do it yourself.
sometimes it can be cheaper to buy certain assemblies pre-built. this past weekend i priced out the cost of buying the pieces for a NM rra 20" A2 upper vs just buying the pre-built. it was cheaper to buy the fully assembled NM A2 upper than part one together. just gotta do some shopping.