So I have decided to jump into the world of AR-15s, but I have run into a small problem; I don't know jack about ARs I am having real trouble finding out what are good prices, what is not worth it, etc. I have decided to buy a complete setup with only the very basics, and then add on the parts I want and such. The absolute cheapest AR I could find in the STL area is a DPMS sportacle for $725 + tax. Is that a good price honestly? Is that even a good brand? So my main questions are: 1. Is the above deal a fair price? 2. Are there any better deals out there? 3. What brands should I look for? Ones I should avoid? 4. Is there anything I'm not considering? $750 is the max I can afford to spend on a basic model. I would prefer to buy locally, but if there is a great deal online, I wouldn't pass it up. I apologize for being such a noobcake. I also apologize if this thread type has been beaten to death. If you need/want more information let me know, please!