I have seen this trend in many organizations. In their IT department, there is a tendency to be penny wise pound foolish. Instead of buying a a fast computer, they let their resources use computers which are slow.
Let us do a simple math:
Average benefit of your development staff : $100/Hour.
Let us assume that, by using a fast computer (32GB RAM, i7 Processor, SSD etc.) this developer can save 20 minutes per day. This 20 minutes translate to $33/Day. Assuming there are 200 working days in an year this amounts to $6600/Year.
Recently I went to a near by Micro Center and selected the following:
- A nice mother board
- Intel i7
- Two 256GB Solid State hard drives
- DVD drive
- 32GB RAM
- Nice fancy case
Including the assembly cost and taxes, it came up to $1400.00
So, if you invest $1400.00, it will be paid off in first 50 days and you can reap the benefits for next three years (minimum).