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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide August 2013


    When running OS X as your main operating system, supported and compatible components are extremely important. That is why we have created a large selection of pre-configured systems along with a list of options. For those interested in closeout deals, it is still a very good time to build systems based on Intel's 3rd generation "Ivy Bridge". This month we've added two alternate Z77 motherboards, and some new Apple accessories.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The CustoMac Buyer's Guide has fully compatible parts. Therefore, we are recommending systems based on Intel 3rd generation "Ivy Bridge" components and 7-Series motherboards until there is native kernel support for Haswell. Right now there is no ETA for compatibility. If you're interested in building using bleeding edge parts, check out our Early Adopter's Guide to Haswell CPUs and 8-Series Motherboards.

    These might not be the only components that work, but based on our research they're the easiest and best supported options. Use this as a shopping list or as a jumping off point. Either way you'll be supporting the site by purchasing through these links, so thanks in advance!



    Table of Contents



    CustoMac Mini

    The CustoMac Mini is a bare-bones CustoMac in a shoebox sized case featuring a H77 mini-iTX motherboard and a dual-core Ivy Bridge processor. The graphics are integrated, so there's no need for a power-hungry discrete graphics card. The case also includes a power-efficient power supply unit. Less parts, less power, less heat, less cost. Please note that the motherboard's Intel mini-PCIe card includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but only the bluetooth features are available under OS X. If you don't use the PCIe slot, we recommend the TP-Link PCIe card below for native Wi-Fi support. Also, there are a few native wifi-only Atheros mini-PCIe replacement card suggestions if you don't need bluetooth.

    CPU Intel Core i3-3225 Amazon US
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    Motherboard GA-H77N-WIFI Amazon US
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Amazon US
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    Case + Power
    Supply
    Apex MI-008
    (w/ 250W Power Supply)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
    Amazon US
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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
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    CustoMac Mini Deluxe

    The CustoMac Mini "Deluxe" is a no-compromise build featuring a Z77 mini-ITX motherboard and a quad-core Ivy Bridge CPU. The BitFenix Prodigy case is a unique way of thinking about a mini-ITX system, as it's not exactly small. It's about the size of a mATX case, making room for multiple hard drives, and a full sized graphics card. The Z77 motherboard is also capable of overclocking if you use a "K" CPU, and there is even room for a water cooler for the CPU. Please note that the motherboard's Intel mini-PCIe card includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but only the bluetooth features are available under OS X. If you don't use the PCIe slot, we recommend the TP-Link PCIe card below for native Wi-Fi support. Also, there are a few native wifi-only Atheros mini-PCIe replacement card suggestions if you don't need bluetooth. If the BitFenix Prodigy is unavailable, we've listed some alternate cases below.

    CPU Intel Core i5-3570K

    Intel Core i7-3770

    Intel Core i7-3770K
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    Motherboard GA-Z77N-WIFI Amazon US
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Case BitFenix Prodigy
    (No Power Supply)
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    Power Supply Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
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    Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 670

    Full List of Graphics Cards
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    CustoMac Budget mATX

    A powerful desktop build with budget-minded parts and no graphics card. This build contains a mATX sized motherboard, a dual or quad core CPU and Intel HD 4000 onboard graphics.

    CPU Intel Core i3-3225

    Intel Core i7-3770
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    Motherboard GA-B75M-D3P

    GA-Q77M-D2H
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Case Fractal Design
    Core 1000
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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
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    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 670

    Full List of Graphics Cards
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    CustoMac Budget ATX

    A powerful desktop build with budget-minded parts and no graphics card. This build contains a ATX sized motherboard, a dual or quad core CPU and Intel HD 4000 onboard graphics.

    CPU Intel Core i3-3225

    Intel Core i5-3570K
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    Motherboard GA-Z77-DS3H Amazon US
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair 600 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 670

    Full List of Graphics Cards
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    CustoMac Pro

    These full sized ATX builds have quad-core CPUs, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability. Well suited for any demanding uses. Each has few high-end graphics card options that work in OS X Mountain Lion.

    CPU Intel Core i5-3570K

    Intel Core i7-3770

    Intel Core i7-3770K
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    Motherboard GA-Z77X-UP5-TH

    GA-Z77X-UD5H
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Amazon US
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    Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 670

    Full List of Graphics Cards
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    CustoMac Pro Socket 2011

    These rigs are the most powerful single CPU systems you can build. Warning: Power Management is NOT working, and may not ever work. This means no speedstep, sleep, etc... Socket 2011 CPUs do not come with a CPU cooler- they require a separately purchased CPU cooler.

    CPU Intel Xeon E5 2609
    (4 core)

    Intel Xeon E5 2630
    (6 core)

    Intel Xeon E5 2640
    (6 core)

    Intel Xeon E5 2650
    (8 core)

    Intel Xeon E5 2690
    (8 core)

    Intel Core i7-3820
    (4 core)

    Intel Core i7-3930K
    (6 core)

    Intel Core i7-3960X
    (6 core)
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    Motherboard GA-X79S-UP5 Amazon US
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    RAM 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Amazon US
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    Amazon US
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    Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair 750 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
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    CPU Cooler Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Graphics Card
    (Required)
    GeForce GTX 670

    Full List of Graphics Cards
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Operating Systems

    OS X 10.8
    Mountain Lion
    Mac App Store
    Mac OS X 10.6
    Snow Leopard
    Apple
    Microsoft Windows 8 Amazon US
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    Microsoft Windows 8
    Professional
    Amazon US
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    Graphics Cards

    One of the most important components in a custom build is the graphics card. If you're building a CustoMac, it's an especially tricky decision. Not only do you have to worry about what will be a good performer for the cost, but you also have to be informed about what is fully supported, and what is not. The following graphics card examples are all natively compatible without modifying drivers. Each gives a range of port options, install compatibility, and is known to work with minimal configuration. Furthermore, it's now possible to use multiple NVIDIA cards in tandem- dual and triple cards are enabled by default. For a general comparison, check out this performance benchmarks table for recommended NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

    Note: 6xx/7xx cards do not work in Snow Leopard.

    GeForce GT 640 ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
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    MSI Amazon US
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    PNY Amazon US
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    Zotac Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 650 ASUS Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
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    MSI Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 650 Ti ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
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    PNY Amazon US
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    Zotac Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 660 ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
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    MSI Amazon US
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    Zotac Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 660 Ti ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
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    MSI Amazon US
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    Zotac Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 670 ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
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    Zotac Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 670
    Upgraded with
    higher clock speed.
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 680 ASUS Amazon US
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    MSI Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 680
    Upgraded with
    higher clock speed.
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    GeForce GTX 760 ASUS Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 770 (2GB) ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
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    MSI Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 780 (3GB) ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    Gigabyte Amazon US
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    MSI Amazon US
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    PNY Amazon US
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    Zotac Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX TITAN (6GB) ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
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    CPUs

    We recommend these specific Ivy Bridge CPUs for Socket 1155 motherboards because they feature fully working HD 4000 integrated graphics. Each CPU comes with a basic Intel CPU cooler.

    Intel Core i7-3770K
    3.5Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    Unlocked for Overclocking
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    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Intel Core i7-3770
    3.4Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo Amazon US
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    Intel Core i5-3570K
    3.4Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    Unlocked for Overclocking
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    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Intel Core i3-3245
    3.4Ghz
    2 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo Amazon US
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    Intel Core i3-3225
    3.3Ghz
    2 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo Amazon US
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    Motherboards

    We recommend these specific Gigabyte 7-series motherboards because the don't require a DSDT, have native power management and supported network and audio controllers. They are the most compatible with OS X and are the easiest motherboards to get up and running for first time builders.

    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77X-UP4-TH
    ATX, VGA, DVI, HDMI
    Dual Thunderbolt
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    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77X-UP5-TH
    ATX, VGA, DVI, HDMI
    Dual Thunderbolt,
    Bluetooth/Wifi*
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77X-UD5H
    ATX, VGA, DVI
    HDMI, DP
    Amazon US
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    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77X-UP7
    ATX, VGA, DVI, HDMI Amazon US
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    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77-DS3H
    ATX, VGA, DVI, HDMI Amazon US
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    Gigabyte
    GA-Q77M-D2H
    mATX, VGA, DVI
    HDMI, DP
    Amazon US
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    Gigabyte
    GA-B75M-D3P
    mATX, VGA, DVI
    HDMI, DP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77N-WIFI
    mini-ITX, DVI, HDMI
    Bluetooth/Wifi*
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Gigabyte
    GA-H77N-WIFI
    mini-ITX, DVI, HDMI
    Bluetooth/Wifi*
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    *Wifi not working in OS X. Native wifi PCIe adapter listed below.



    System Drives

    We recommend using a solid state drive (SSD) for your system or boot drive for maximum performance and a traditional hard drive for your data. For these drives, we recommend the Sandisk Extreme as they use toggle NAND flash and Sandforce controllers. This combination provides the highest performance and doesn't require TRIM being enabled. If you don't go with a SSD system drive, choose a 1TB or less hard drive for Chimera/Chameleon to boot from. Also, look for for a boot drive that that uses 512 byte blocks as the Advanced Format 4K drives require workarounds.. The following drive examples have been hand picked to work without issues.

    SATA 6Gb/s 500GB HDD Amazon US
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    SanDisk SATA
    6Gb/s 120GB SSD
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    SanDisk SATA
    6Gb/s 240GB SSD
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    SanDisk SATA
    6Gb/s 480GB SSD
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    Mushkin mSATA
    6Gb/s 120GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Storage Drives

    The data or storage drives listed here were chosen for their large capacity and speed. However, we don't advise using them as your boot drive.

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US
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    CPU Coolers

    All Intel Socket 1155 CPUs come with a basic CPU cooler. An aftermarket CPU cooler is recommended for overclocking. If you're unsure whether you need a cooler, see this post.

    Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
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    Thermaltake Performer (Water) Amazon US
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    Thermaltake Slim X3
    Low Profile (Air)
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    Thermaltake Frio (Air) Amazon US
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    ARCTIC Freezer i30
    Extreme (Air)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Power Supplies

    Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
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    Cases

    The case is one of the most universal parts, although you need to make sure that your motherboard and chosen parts will fit. Each link refers to the details of the product, where you can see what sizes are recommended.

    mini-ITX Apex MI-008
    (w/ 250W Power Supply)
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    mini-ITX Thermaltake Element Q
    (w/ 200W Power Supply)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mini-ITX Silverstone Sugo SG07B
    (w/ 600W Power Supply)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 120 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    mini-ITX BitFenix Prodigy White Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Black Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Orange Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Red Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mATX Silverstone PS07 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mATX/ATX Cooler Master HAF XB Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 200R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 400R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    ATX/E-ATX Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    ATX/E-ATX Cooler Master HAF XM Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Accessories

    These parts are known to work well with CustoMac desktops. If planning to use Bluetooth exclusively, access to a USB keyboard is also helpful to get into the UEFI and to access the bootloader menus.

    USB Flash Drive (8GB) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    USB Flash Drive (16GB) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Sony DVD Optical Drive Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    LG BluRay Optical Drive Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Apple Wired Keyboard Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Apple Wireless
    Keyboard (Bluetooth)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Logitech Wireless
    Keyboard K750
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Logitech Wireless Mini
    Keyboard K760
    (Bluetooth)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Apple Magic Trackpad Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Apple Magic Mouse Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
    (10.8 Mountain Lion
    Only - Wakes from Sleep)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    IOGear Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter
    (10.6+ - No Wake from Sleep)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Rosewill PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter (US only)
    Amazon US Newegg
    Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
    (1080p, Native Microphone)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Apple Thunderbolt to
    Ethernet Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Apple Thunderbolt to
    Firewire Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Seagate GoFlex FreeAgent
    Thunderbolt to SATA Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2.0m) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Apple TV Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Apple Time Capsule
    802.11ac WiFi Router w/ 2TB HDD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Cooler Master Blade Master
    120mm Case/CPU fan
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Remember, when building and configuring your own computer, it's easy to get frustrated- don't give up! There are users with similar specs here at tonymacx86.com to help you out if you get stuck.

    Oh, and don't forget, if you end up buying anything, click through one of the links here. That way, you'll be supporting the site, as well as getting the best prices. Thanks in advance! Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

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    The
    GA-Z77X-UP5-TH is now discontinued. Cant find it anywhere at a reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinicure View Post
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    GA-Z77X-UP5-TH is now discontinued. Cant find it anywhere at a reasonable price.
    Unfortunately yea, most Z77 boards are going to start becoming gradually unavailable. The GA-Z77X-UP4-TH is now listed in the motherboard section as a worthy alternative to the GA-Z77X-UP5-TH. With better USB 3.0 port support in UniBeast, this board will work fine. Audio and network are fully supported.

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/375-buildi...l#motherboards

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonymacx86 View Post
    Unfortunately yea, most Z77 boards are going to start becoming gradually unavailable. The GA-Z77X-UP4-TH is now listed in the motherboard section as a worthy alternative to the GA-Z77X-UP5-TH. With better USB 3.0 port support in UniBeast, this board will work fine. Audio and network are fully supported.

    http://www.tonymacx86.com/375-buildi...l#motherboards
    Hi tony.

    Will you be publishing a preliminary guide for Haswell setups? I guess I'm not the only one pre-building gradually for 10.9 release.

    I guess just a preliminary recommendation for motherboards (that's the hardest part) would be just great.

    Thanks for the hard work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OtaK_ View Post
    I guess just a preliminary recommendation for motherboards (that's the hardest part) would be just great. Thanks for the hard work!
    http://www.tonymacx86.com/358-early-...herboards.html

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    Whoa, oops. Sorry.
    Which one would you recommend to someone who has dual screen + ethernet switch (so no need for dual Ethernet) + very good audio?

    The Realtek ALC898 looks really promising, so I guess I may be going for a GA-Z87X-UD3H As far as I saw, it's your choice too :-)

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    I have a build done just waiting for Mavericks support. i5 4670K on a GA-Z87X-UD3H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heats View Post
    I have a build done just waiting for Mavericks support. i5 4670K on a GA-Z87X-UD3H.

    I'm REALLY considering getting this, but I'm worried it won't work. Feeling pretty confident it'll be okay? I'm buying my cpu and board tomorrow. I can wait for OSX, but I just want to make sure, you know?

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    I have an i5 4570 on a Gigabyte H87-HD3 motherboard running Elementary Linux. This is the third version of Linux I have tried today (Ubuntu 13.04 and Pear OS were the others) and I am shocked with what other people put up with for operating systems. Simple drag and drop - nope. Basic copy and paste between windows - nope. A top-down view of all storage devices - nope. Help -nope. And I thought Mac OS X was bad.

    If this is how some people live, I am surprised there are not more suicides than there are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmillea View Post
    I have an i5 4570 on a Gigabyte H87-HD3 motherboard running Elementary Linux. This is the third version of Linux I have tried today (Ubuntu 13.04 and Pear OS were the others) and I am shocked with what other people put up with for operating systems. Simple drag and drop - nope. Basic copy and paste between windows - nope. A top-down view of all storage devices - nope. Help -nope. And I thought Mac OS X was bad.

    If this is how some people live, I am surprised there are not more suicides than there are.

    Are you saying Elementary is bad? The Youtube demo made it seem so great, but yeah. Linux makes me die a little bit inside usually. You can try Mint, but I'm sure that'll be the same for you.

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