Yeah, I was actually thinking about doing it myself... but I weighed my options ... considering the time ( knowing my skill set and busy schedule, I'll probably take over a month), sweat, blood, stress, space, research, alcohol and smoke intake required .... I decided to pay someone to do the job for me.
I got quotes from all around and was quoted around 1300-1800 for a head gasket job (parts and labor) then I stumbled around this deal and decided to go for it. The builder seemed to be very knowledgeable and had many years of exp working on subarus, WRXs in particular. Total came out to be about 2400 for the rebuild w/ new rods, bearings, head gaskets, bunch of seals and gaskets and install w/ a decent parts and labor warranty from the shop... he also offered to help me install some other stuff for free while he's in there such as timing belt kit w/ waterpump and tensioners, belts, etc, metal turbo inlet, downpipe, up-pipe, catback, and misc. Some may agree and many may not. But thanks everyone for the help! Hopefully, the rebuilt engine will last me a couple years..