My question is:
Are these guides a good starting point? If I decided to build it straight from the guide, would it be a ok to do so?
some info on the why, what, and when of the use of this pc:
i wanted a new machine for a while since mine is getting dated plus it was a prebuilt machine so going into the building pc is a new experience. i'll be holding out for a time slot to get started so it's not a rush job.

below is my starting point (and the beginning of my homework on pc building basics):