For me, I generally opt for known quality parts, while trying to spend as little as possible to attain those parts. I will be as economical as possible while feeling good about the reliability of my guns and parts. Some parts I have a hard time justifying why I should spend more for certain brands or styles. For example, handguards, it's an aluminum tube with attachment points for accessories. From my perspective, not much can go wrong there, outside of obvious manufacturing defects. Of all the handguards I have and have handled, none of them have felt low quality to me, and they've mostly cost around $100 or less. Why would somebody choose say a JP handguard which costs 3 times the price and effectively does the same thing? Again not being critical, I'm legitimately curious if there's a good reason to pay that much more for a handguard, as I don't have a JP handhuard. In my mind, I'd rather get a cheaper handguard and other parts for the same $. Same with triggers. I do own a few Geissele triggers, all of which I've bought on sale, and they're great. Very high quality. However I also have a few ALG ACT triggers with JP springs and wow that setup is money, and speaking of money, the whole setup is about $80, a fraction of the cost of a Geissele. I don't know if I'll buy any more Geissele triggers for future builds, when the ALG is so good, with the exception of the adjustable DMR for a high precision rifle. I get that some people are more into appearances than others, hence the market for red and blue anodized parts and such. I'm just not into that. I prefer function over form. Anyway, that aside, just curious what others consider when buying parts. Overall the way I look at it, I can build one rifle with all premium parts, or a couple rifles with cheaper yet just as reliable parts, for the same cost. Maybe I'm just cheap.