IMO, you should build a "kit' for your first rod
Rod building can be pretty easy, but there is a learning curve that building with a kit can help along by having everything laid out for you. When you get to your second rod, you'll want to customize different things, but with the first, it's just easier.
has their top of the line kits on sale this weekend.
They're a good company to deal with, you won't be sorry.