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Dark Knight

by born_flyer



Date Published

Aug. 15, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 6, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.165 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C


My new PC build for 3D rendering, photogrammetry, programming, gaming and everything else in between.

After deciding to embark on a new project of modelling landscapes with photogrammetry I naturally found myself doubting the performance of my previous system. The time of my first build, a Q6600 quad core with 8Gb of DRR2 Ram and a 512mb 8800GTS was soon to end. Over the life of my existing build I had a few issues with loosing primary HDD, so I had went down the line of a RAID 10 with 4 500GB discs, which were reasonably reliable and requiring few rebuilds. This level of redundancy is largely redundant now as I've set up a Asus M25-NAS with 1TB of mirrored storage. I briefly upgraded my existing PC with a new PSU and second 8800 GTS, but it didn't fulfill my need for speed.

For my new build I wanted one that could chew through data and not my wallet. After much reading of this site for guidance (cheers guys!) I decided on the 6 core I7 5820K on the X99 platform with DDR4. Photogrammetery is very computationally demanding process so the more cores the better.

The build went together almost went completely smoothly. The one issue I had was when I had ignored PPC's guidance that the X61 isn't compatible with the Zalman Z11 Neo case. Zalman's specs noted it accepts a 280mm radiator and it does if you don't include the hoses. My case modification of trimming the metal near the hoses wasn't too drastic, as this is covered by the plastic case lid anyway (hacksaw recommended).

Part Reviews


A grunty CPU with easy overclock to 4.0GHz without touching default voltages.

CPU Cooler

A very quiet cooler. Not compatible with the Zalman Z11 Neo case without some modifications to the case (see my Dark Knight Build).


Seems to be nice and stable thus far.


Its Ram, its fast and plenty of capacity.

Video Card

Great card! Fan management leaves this card silent for the majority of the time.


Reasonable space but it could do with a bit more for cable management. Nice and quiet, If your considering using the X61 Kraken you'll need to cut a few slots in the metal cross bar in the top of the case to make room for the hoses. Doesn't effect the external appearance though.

Comments Sorted by:

Growliff1234 2 points 43 months ago

I thought by the pictures this was a modded Corsair 900D XD I don't know why...

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

you're not alone. i thought it was a corsair obsidian series of some time with zalman side panels xD

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I was a little surprised to see that the case is a Zalman. That thing is really sleek. +1

born_flyer submitter 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Indeed! It looks a bit slicker than the standard z11. I think the front cover helps with the noise levels.

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

"doesn't listen to PPC"

well, got to get the hacksaw!

Nice work, good build

multitasker451 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Love that case! I'm a fan of uniquely shaped cases, as I have the NZXT Phantom myself.

TrueKili 1 point 39 months ago

Is the Kraken loud and is the software any better?

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born_flyer submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Cheers! I would largely agree, its a bit too dark. I guess it gives you some flexibility with less glare usually and if you want to fill it with lights to show it off to your pals, it will still let enough light out.