I would go for the i7 950, virtualization will let you fill it up to the full potential making the best use of hyperthreading, make sure you have a nice fast drive to give it the data it needs but i would definitely take a 950 over a Phenom II x6.
Look at the benchmarks by Psycho. i7 destroys the x6.
I'm interested in how you guys draw this conclusion. Please enlighten me. I'm serious.
Show me .... over-whelming destruction ... as it relates to VMWare thread scheduling in those Anand benchies. Show us that so-called 'dominance' in x264, Cinebench, Vegas, etc. You know, those highly parallel applications that are far more representative of the operation of VMWare (in which the OP is interested).
Sorry. I'm not seeing it, and suspect you guys don't really know. This smacks of bad advice and obfuscation, and simply Intel-trolling. Not a surprise.
Destroys? Thank you. Please try again.
Maybe you could post a mobo/cpu/ram combo (don't forget the ECC RAMs)? And then you could explain how VMWare thread-scheduling performs on actual cores as opposed to hyper-threads.