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Build it. It's not difficult.
RRA, Stag, Bushmaster, Colt, DPMS are all good complete rifles to buy.
You can get a CMMG, Stag, DPMS, Spikes Tactical etc. stripped lower receiver for about $100-120. RRA stripped lowers are hard to come by and run about $150.
The easiest way to go for your first rifle is a kit. Buy the stripped lower receiver and order a kit of your choosing from Del-ton.com. The kit will include everything you will need to finish a stripped lower...lower parts kit, buttstock, upper receiver assembly (usually already assembled if ordered from del-ton), bolt carrier group, charging handle etc. You can get a rifle kit for as low as $500, I think.
So for $600-700 you can have a nice, operable rifle. If you want to use different pistol grip, hand guards, flash hiders, etc, it will cost you more. For your first build, just keep it simple.
Also, remember that a single lower receiver is all you will really need since the uppers are interchangable between most calibers. You will benefit from a purpose built lower if you decide you want a 9mm upper.
BTW, AR15.com is an excellent resource for all thing AR related. They also have a AK section as well.