It's performance is quite good. But I see your point. Why not delay your purchase till they make what you want?

This is your question? "I typically use multiple programs at once (Microsoft Office, music, internet browsing, downloading) and like to watch videos on my computer. I am most concerned about the difference in the multimedia and high quality video playback experience with a Core 2 Duo vs a Core i5."

Nah. Not any big diff.