I'm building a gaming rig for $500 and I need help

Hi. I'm tired of not being able to run Half-Life 3 (sorry I meant 2) at full settings. I don't need accessories; Just the rig. I currently have a 2TB HDD lying around but that is the only spare part I have. I've never built a PC before and I need help picking parts. Thank you.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jnjYt6 6 core cpu + R9 280

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhGmK8 4 core cpu + ssd + R9 280

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These look good. I prefer the latter if you're mostly going to be playing games and not doing video rendering and stuff.

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