How to stop CPU from bottlenecking

I just bought a r9 280x and was extremely disappointed when I found out my quad 2 core q6600 CPU was bottlenecking it. I get 20-35 frames on ultra and low on bf4

I know upgrading is the safer way to go, but if I overclock to 3.0GHz will I see a great improvement? Maybe 60 frames?

If I upgrade could I get suggestions as to what the cheapest CPU I can buy that will allow my card to perform at it's full glory?
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  1. It is time to upgrade.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($48.38 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $302.36
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-19 11:48 EDT-0400
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    suggestion, OC now to maintain a minimum of 30 FPS till you can save some more money to Upgrade with higher parts.

    the best to go with from AMD with that GPU would be the 8320 or higher. For Intel an i5 4000 series will be plenty to let that GPU stretch its legs.
  3. Even an i3 4150 is far better than a Q6600. Even at 3.0ghz, you are going to bottleneck the hell out of that GPU.
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