Welcome to the forum and I'm glad to hear your interest in firearms.
The AK is one of the most rugged and reliable platforms out there and is quite fun to shoot. If you are able to find one locally, try that also before buying online. It will lessen the hassle of shipping and going through an FFL/dealer.
My local gun stores have AK's in stock now for around $800. I know that is somewhat pricey but welcome to the world of guns; it is not cheap.
I know many people will steer you away from WASR 10's for a reason, but they are one of the cheaper and more affordable ones. I got lucky with mine and got it used for around $500 and don't have any of the sighting or mag wobble issues.
Good luck in your search.