if you are going Intel minimum Core i5 with 8GB ram and AMD or Nvidia graphics. You really want 16 GB Ram. You see a lot of laptops with 128GB SDDs these days. Avoid those! Even 256GB is small, although with an external HDD you can make it work. You want 500 GB or better, which is affordable.
If you are looking at AMD then you want a Ryzen CPU, not an A Series APU. Everything else mentioned above still applies.