What CPU to avoid bottleneck for 280X?


I've recently purchased a AMD Radeon Club3D 280X as my GPU, but I have the feeling that my CPU is a huge bottleneck. I currently have a Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.50 GHz as my CPU and I am wondering what CPU I should purchase.

The AMD 8320 is a lot cheaper than Intel i5's, but I am worried that it might not be fast enough.

This is my current build:
RAM: 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.50GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon Club3D 280X
SSD: Crucial M500
HDD: Samsung HD103SJ 1TB
MOBO: Asus P5QLD Pro

If I purchase a new CPU, I will also buy a new motherboard and RAM modules.
So, what CPU should I purchase so my GPU doesn't get bottlenecked?

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  1. Budget?
  2. Get an i5-4670K and overclock it
  3. well its time for an upgrade (mobo - cpu - ram) FX or i5 will either will do, but before you upgrade you should try overclocking, just study this Core 2 Overclocking Guide . it will reduce bottleneck!just make sure you have a solid psu and sufficient cooling
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