I know, I know... This has been discussed a million times before. But maybe I should mention my own personal situation. I'm about to pull the trigger on a much needed new imaging workstation. I spend all my time in Photoshop, Bridge, and Capture One. I shoot 39 megapixel digital backs, and work with high res 4x5 scans. I'm commonly working on files 4GB+ I was going to go with the 3.0, with 10GB of ram. Would this really be a waste? I know that I can't utilize all those cores alone with just PS, but I want to be able to multitask as much as possible. But more importantly, I need this machine to last me AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. Wether I go with the 2.8 or the 3.0, this is a major investment for me. When all is said and done, I'm looking at a 9k - 10k investment. After that, I can't forsee myself being able to purchasing a new machine for AT LEAST 6 years. Surely within that time frame, a new version of Creative Suite will be released, and I'm sure it will be multi-thread capable. As camera technology evolves, it seems to me that buying bigger now will give me greater capabilities down the road. But, I'm not doing this to have "the best." If I should really go 2.8, convince me otherwise. Money saved is money saved after all.