I'm just getting started with quantum chemistry using some simple test problems. I have a few of the software packages installed (ASE, Psi4, GPAW etc) and everything is working - no issues with the software itself - but there is a bewildering variety of methods, from semi-empirical (PM7) to DFT (B3LYP) to coupled cluster (CCSD(T)); plus options for each such as basis functions, and nothing in the documentation gives any specific advice on what to use when.
Is there concrete guidance on which method is appropriate for which type of problems?
What I'm mostly interested is biological systems: molecules in water at room temperature, and both covalent and non-covalent interactions; most of the atoms are CHNOSP. An example would be taking a system of a few hundred atoms and optimizing the coordinates (either locally or trying to find the global minimum). A slightly more ambitious project would be to optimize the coordinates a few hundred atoms within a much larger system of thousands of atoms (where the other atoms have partial charges and produce electrostatic forces, but are otherwise fixed).