I am at a fork in the road. I know i7 has hyper-threading but how effective is this? Also I read on this forum that geekbench results is not a true representation of day to day tasks. I am not sure what to believe. My main area of use is CS5 and Lightroom as I do photography. I may start to do video editing as well but will not be a heavy user. My main concern is CS6 and lightroom On the windows side I do use MS-SQL. Which do you suggest? Would i5 be sufficient? or is it worth to pay the extra for the i7? I will have upgrade ram to 8GB but wondering if it is worth the extra $.