As a novice/beginner, no brand or model # recommendation should be necessary as almost all the common drill and saw brands should meet your non-commercial home use requirements.
Those "Best" tool lists are usually filled with tools targeted to the commercial user and will likely exceed all your requirements and cost a lot more than necessary for your usage.
Battery powered drills and saws are not recommended for the beginner as battery maintenance and tool compatibility adds another layer of complexity to tool ownership. Batteries also have a limited life span, even when unused.
What will make a big difference for the beginner is after-sales support, you need to buy the tool from a place with competent customer support. With a salesperson that can answer any generic questions you have about the tool and its accessories. If you have a local tool store or home improvement store, you should check those places out first.
Around here I would expect to spend around $50 for a decent general purpose corded drill, and around $100 for a decent 7-1/4 inch corded circular saw. All the ones for sale in my local home depot/lowes around that price range are good enough for the novice.