I was experiencing the same problem when I first started. It turns out that if you let the blockchain auto sync in the Qbundle app that it takes forever. I found some articles that suggested to download the most recent blockchain you can find and then import it into Qbundle. The download was around 1GB and only took me like 10 minutes. The blockchain that I downloaded was a little behind so when I imported it into Qbundle it still had the download the most recent blockchain. This took an additional 20 minutes or so.
Before I figured all of this out I waited a solid 4 hours or more for the blockchain to auto sync.
Last night I plotted my 750GB with my i7-7700 at around 4.6 Ghz, 7 threads, and 12 GB of RAM and it took me roughly 4 hours.
Finding a pool I found to be very confusing. However, I did find a very good article on this. Also refer to this tutorial on burst coins site for looking at pool stats.
To join a pool you can simply do it through the Qbundle interface with their address and port number. Make sure to set up your reward recipient though so your pool can get the deadlines/block you find!