I decided I would take the plunge and start working on building an AR. My goal was to build a gun that I could shoot for fun by keep by my bed at night for home defense. I told myself I have $900 to get the whole project done. So far I have managed to get the parts I want for pretty reasonable prices.
$50 PSA Lower
$50 CMMG Lower Parts Kit
$100 MOE FDE Stock, Buffer, Buffer Spring, MOE Grip and MOE Carbine Handguard
$100 - 10 FDE PMAG 30 with Window (the afghan dust was free)
$325 Total as of today
All parts are assembled and looking great. The next step is the upper. I have done quite a bit of research and read the AR starter guide (which was very helpful) and from what it can tell, it makes the most sense to buy a fully assembled upper. With that said, I have between $500 and $600 to spend. The problem is, I am overwhelmed with brands and options. Carbine, Mid-length, Gas, Piston, Gas Block, etc. I have decided on a mid length gas system and a 16 inch barrel. I realize the hand guard I have wont fit, which is okay.
DPMS? Rock River? CMMG? (I know these would all be basic packages at my price point, and I am okay with that for now, as I will upgrade when more $ comes in.)
So the question is, does anyone have an upper within this price point that they recommend? They all look good on the websites, and I have a feeling most are, however I would like to get a recommendation from people who actually have them or have experience with them.