About to re-pull the trigger(cancelled my 27" i5 online as they are in my local stores), I encode a few movies(handbrake), use VM's(fusion), use iTunes, iPhoto, some Logic. Gaming: WoW when cata comes out, SC2, D3 etc, want to check out the Steam catalogue(time dependant...) So, Currently HT isn't a big deal(5%?), this machine needs to last 18-24months, Which should I be grabbing? My MP goes to its new owner tonight... So I am keeping availability in mind slightly alongside the slight gains. Wanting to consider HT more than the actual processor clock speed.