Yeah, get some good education, you won't regret it. I've built three computers and when/if something goes wrong with them, I enjoy fixing the problem (because I know what is in the computer and how it is put together); and I've had absolutely zero regrets about building my own computer, I'll NEVER go back to a pre-built piece of crap. You just can't get past the quality of a homemade machine (so to speak).
With warranties and stuff wherever you buy your components, it should come with its own warranty; and you're your own tech support.
I purchase my components at http://www.newegg.com.
P.S. Don't worry about BIOS', because you just shouldn't upgrade BIOS', you'll have to build a whole new computer before you'll want to do that.
I've been shopping around for a gaming machine for a few weeks now and I've almost settled on Digital Storm to build my first true gaming rig however the more I look at the benefits of building my own PC the more tempting it becomes. There's a few things holding me back, among them are how to troubleshoot? How to avoid compatability issues. Fear factor (BIOS scares me a little). No tech support. Did I spend my money in the right places?
I have a budget of $2000-$2500 for this so I know the savings of building my own will be very significant however that warm fuzzy feeling of warranties and tech support will be gone.
I do like that I'll be getting educated as I go but fear the pain and frustration that education may cause (not to mention money) so I guess after all my rambling my question is...Will that education, pain and suffering (assuming Murphy's law is in full effect) end up as a rewarding and satisfactory experience or should I play it safe?