I am also looking into various shifters to use in my build this winter.
The hurst and the MGW are the two to choose from in my mind. Both are reliable, and both are a great improvement. From what I can find the Hurst is a little shorter throw, but makes slightly more noise...but some dynamat will solve that.
The MGW is also slightly more money, but it is a nice quiet piece right out of the box.
Hope that helps.