Main Purpose: Gaming and Image/Video Editing
Build Date: January 2011 (Sandy Bridge early adopter, woohoo!)
This isn't the original build, here are the upgrades I've done over time...
-- soundcard (Asus Xonar DG) added
-- had to replace mobo with B3 revision
-- memory upped from 8gb to 16gb
-- SSD (Samsung 840 Pro 256gb) added as new OS drive
-- GPU changed from MSI Cyclone GTX 460 1gb to Gigabyte GTX 670 2gb
Notes on performance:
Great gaming performance for 1080p and runs emulators (PCSX2, Dolphin) extremely well.
Sometimes I do wish that I went with a 2600k instead, but the OCed 2500k is still no slouch when it comes to Photoshop/encoding/etc. And I suppose getting a CPU with HT is still an upgrade option down the line... ;)
For its price, the case is surprisingly well-built and includes some nice features such as tool-less installation for the majority of parts and cable routing behind the mobo. Though obviously it does make compromises on material and the top-mounting PSU is a bummer. Still, I was looking for the smallest, lightest mid-tower possible and the Asgard II fit the bill. I might just go mATX/ITX for my next PC because size/portability is a big factor for me.
Overall, I've been extremely happy with this build. Started out as a budget system for around $700 (grabbed some bundle deals on Newegg and I thank my lucky stars I live near a Microcenter :P) but I have painlessly upgraded it since then to maintain a solid level of performance. :)