I would strongly advise waiting 6 months. By that time Feinstein's bill will have either been circular filed or it will be in full force. If it is trashed, AR prices will plunge. If it is in force, then you won't be wanting to have an AR, right?
That being said, there are a number of good makers out there. Armalite, Bushmaster, Colt, CMT, Stag, DPMS, Windham, and a ton of others can provide a good lower.
I have built every AR I have ever owned with one exception. I use www.model1sales.com
for my parts kits. When the insanity dies down, get a kit from them. You can tailor it to exactly what you want.