MythoBeast writes: Like many software engineers, my productivity is often bound by the speed of my computer. Because of the complexity of the code base I'm working on I estimate that my employer spends about $600/week for me to sharpen my nerf-launching skills or browse web sites while I wait for a compile to tell me what I need to do next. As a rough estimation this could be cut down to a quarter of that time through the expenditure of roughly $2500 for an updated system, recouping the expense in less than two months.
This is only a SWAG, though, and isn't likely to convince the monetary minded. Does anyone know of any actual studies that have been done to determine how much productivity is gained when you double or quadruple the speed of the computer the worker has to work with?