I do Visual Studio development on my employer-issued Dell D830 laptop (see specs). Like many developers, I am ashamed to say, I am quite ignorant of hardware. The main thing I noticed in looking at the specs of my current machine is (1) it came out over 2.5 years ago and (2) it has 2 GB of RAM.
I am currently experiencing somewhat slow build times. I often have 3 or 4 Visual Studio instances running (due to having to work on several "solutions" at once) plus SQL Server, the web server, etc.
Is it worth the "capital" I would need to expend to twist my employer's arm to upgrade my laptop? I'm thinking a newer model would have 64-bit Windows and at least 4 GB or RAM and a faster processor, but I don't want to have to go through all that and not see a noticeable difference.
Due to the "contractor" nature of my job and the fact that I work from home sometimes, I need to have a laptop, not a desktop.