I just noticed today that the prices for the i5 and i7 previous generation quad core machines have dropped substantially on the UK store. Imac i5 quad is now £1269 (£365 off - 22% discount) Imac i7 quad is now £1399 I'm guessing most are not refurbs, they're just selling through old stock at more of a discount. I'm not sure whether I should buy the new quad iMac i5 for £1451.13 (higher education discount) or buy the new quad iMac i7 for £1592.13 (higher ed discount) + printer rebate £30 + ipod touch £30 + student applecare £45 = 1546.13 for imac i5 combo after rebate = 1687.13 for imac i7 combo after rebate My iPod touch broke this weekend, so due to the cheaper student Applecare and needing the iPod Touch, I'm not going down the refurb route I don't think. But I can't make a decision between the new quad i5 or i7! My usage is Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Flash, Final Cut Pro, internet, Microsoft Office. I currently have an iMac quad i5 that arrived on Monday, which I will return & I'm in the UK there's no fee for this. But now that the update has arrived I'm not sure if I should push the boat out and get the i7 for an extra £141. Is it worth it for hyperthreading? Can the programmes I listed even utilise hyperthreading? I guess the other option is phoning Apple and seeing if they will do a price match on the i5 refurb, due to the fact I ordered so close to the update. I need to ring them anyway.. This could be a good option, though the current model has one stuck/dead pixel and the box had no seal / the security sticker on the screen cover was torn so I'm already suspicious they fobbed me off with a refurb and the April build date adds to this. What do you guys think? Any advice would be very helpful, thanks in advance.