Getting an SSD will be a bigger improvement than i7, yes. Hyperthreading doesn't quite double the speed of hyper threaded applications like you might think ( software isnt good enough. ) Also with gaming the i5 is fine anyways.
@ThomasKreel: I could keep my current but with memory being so cheap, I figured why not? Also, I am tentatively planning to build a 2nd computer with the current parts for my stepson's 10th birthday in May.
@Swifty_Morgan: With the amount of polygons being pushed in ZBrush (15 million+) and ultimately 3DS Max, viewport slowdowns are starting to become an issue. I've got a Core I7 SB at work and I'd like to get some parity between the two for when I bring work home.
The other option is to go video card/monitor right now(currently running at 1680x1050 and want to go true HD) and wait for the next gen of processors to hit.
Any thoughts? Config 1 vs. Config 2 vs. $400 monitor/video card combo upgrade?