I'd say that the i5 would be a good choice now, since you won't take advantage of HT. I can't speak about the future. If you want the price of an i5 but with HT, you can buy the X3440. I've seen it on ebay for $200 shipped. The only downside is that the stock speed is a little lower than that of the i5. I beleive it's somewhere around 2.55ghz.