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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide January 2014


    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. This month we've added the new Thunderbolt 2.0 equipped Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD7-TH motherboard and the fully compatible PlayStation 4 controller.

    The components listed here might not be the only ones that work, but based on our research they're the easiest and best supported options. Use the following Buyer's Guide as a shopping list or as a jumping off point for further customization. Either way you'll be supporting this 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 H87 mini-iTX motherboard and a dual-core Haswell processor. The graphics are integrated and fully supported, 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 i3-4330

    Intel Core i3-4340
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    Motherboard GA-H87N-WIFI Amazon US
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Case + Power
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    Apex MI-008
    (w/ 250W Power Supply)
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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
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    CustoMac Mini Deluxe

    The CustoMac Mini "Deluxe" is a no-compromise build featuring a Z87 mini-ITX motherboard and a quad-core Haswell 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 Z87 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 i3-4340

    Intel Core i5-4670K

    Intel Core i7-4770K

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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Case BitFenix Prodigy
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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 760

    Full List of Graphics Cards
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    CustoMac mATX

    A mid-sized build with a quad-core CPU, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability. Well suited for any demanding uses.

    CPU Intel Core i5-4670K

    Intel Core i7-4770K

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    Motherboard GA-Z87MX-D3H

    GA-Z87M-D3H
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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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    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
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    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 760

    Full List of Graphics Cards
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    CustoMac Budget ATX

    A powerful desktop build with budget-minded parts and no graphics card. This build contains an ATX-sized motherboard, a dual or quad core CPU and Intel HD 4600 onboard graphics.

    CPU Intel Core i3-4330

    Intel Core i5-4430
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    Motherboard GA-Z87X-D3H

    GA-Z87-HD3

    GA-H87-D3H
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Power
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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
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    CustoMac Pro

    A full-sized build with a quad-core CPU, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability. Well suited for any demanding uses.

    CPU Intel Core i5-4670K

    Intel Core i7-4770K

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    Motherboard GA-Z87X-OC Force

    GA-Z87X-OC

    GA-Z87X-UD5H

    GA-Z87X-UD3H
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Power
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    Corsair 650 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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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
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    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 760

    Full List of Graphics Cards
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    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

    GA-X79-UP4
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    RAM 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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    Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
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    Power
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    Corsair 750 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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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
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    Graphics Card
    (Required)
    GeForce GTX 760

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    Operating Systems

    OS X 10.9
    Mavericks
    Mac App Store
    Mac OS X 10.6
    Snow Leopard
    Apple
    Ubuntu Download
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    Professional
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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

    2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit
    Core Clock: 901 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 384
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    GeForce GTX 650

    2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit
    Core Clock: 1058 MHz
    Memory Clock: 5000 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 384
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    GeForce GTX 650 Ti

    1024MB GDDR5 128 Bit
    Core Clock: 1071
    Memory Clock: 5400 MHz
    Cuda Cores: 768
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    GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost

    2048MB GDDR5 192-bit
    Base Clock: 1072 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1137 MHz
    Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 768
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    GeForce GTX 660

    2048MB GDDR5 192-bit
    Base Clock: 1046 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1111
    Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 960
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    GeForce GTX 670

    2048MB GDDR5 256bit
    Base Clock: 915MHz
    Boost Clock: 960MHz
    Memory Clock: 6008MHz
    CUDA Cores: 1344
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    GeForce GTX 680

    2048MB GDDR5 256bit
    Base Clock: 1058MHz
    Boost Clock: 1113MHz
    Memory Clock: 6208MHz
    CUDA Cores: 1536
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    GeForce GTX 760

    2048MB GDDR5 256bit
    Base Clock: 1072 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1137 MHz
    Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 1152
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    GeForce GTX 770 (2GB)

    2048MB GDDR5 256bit
    Base Clock: 1046 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1085 MHz
    Memory Clock: 7010 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 1536
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    Alternate Graphics Cards

    These solutions are supported natively, yet each has certain issues that prevent them from being fully recommended. Use at your own risk. NOTE: OpenCL is not functional using GK110B-based GTX 780, 780 Ti and GTX TITAN GPU models in 10.9. There is no ETA for a fix.

    GeForce GTX 780 (3GB)

    3072MB GDDR5 384bit
    Base Clock: 863 MHz
    Boost Clock: 902 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 2304
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    GeForce GTX 780 Ti (3GB)

    3072MB GDDR5 384bit
    Base Clock: 875 MHz
    Boost Clock: 928 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 2880
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    GeForce GTX TITAN (6GB)

    6144MB GDDR5 384bit
    Base Clock: 876 MHz
    Boost Clock: 928 MHz
    Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 2688
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    CPUs

    Here's the initial lineup of 4th Generation Haswell Core i desktop CPUs for LGA 1150 motherboards. Each CPU comes with a basic Intel CPU cooler. All CPUs feature Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics. Please note, these CPUs will NOT work with older LGA 1155 motherboards- this is a brand new socket. Each CPU comes with a basic Intel CPU cooler.

    Core i7-4770K
    3.5Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    Unlocked for Overclocking
    8MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
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    Core i7-4771
    3.5Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    8MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
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    Core i7-4770
    3.4Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    8MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
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    Core i7-4770S
    3.1Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    8MB L3 Cache
    65W Max TDP
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    Core i5-4670K
    3.4Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    Unlocked for Overclocking
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
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    Core i5-4670
    3.5Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
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    Core i5-4570
    3.3Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
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    Core i5-4570S
    2.9Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    65W Max TDP
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    Core i5-4440
    3.1Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
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    Core i5-4430
    3.0Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
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    Core i3-4340
    3.6Ghz
    2 Cores / 4 Threads
    4MB L3 Cache
    54W Max TDP
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    Core i3-4330
    3.5Ghz
    2 Cores / 4 Threads
    4MB L3 Cache
    54W Max TDP
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    Motherboards

    We recommend these specific Gigabyte 8-series motherboards because they have simple post-installation, don't require a DSDT, and have native sleep/wake functionality. They also have supported audio and network controllers. Please note, these motherboards will NOT work with older Socket 1155 CPUs- this is a brand new socket.


    Model

    Form

    Audio

    Video

    Ethernet
    GA-Z87X-UD7-TH ATX ALC898 2x HDMI
    2x Thunderbolt 2.0
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    GA-Z87X-UD5-TH ATX ALC898 DVI/HDMI
    2x Thunderbolt 1.0
    Intel i217V Amazon US
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    GA-Z87X-OC Force ATX ALC898 2x HDMI
    1x DP
    Intel i217V
    Intel i210AT
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    GA-Z87X-OC ATX ALC892 2x HDMI
    1x DP
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    GA-Z87X-UD5H ATX ALC898 2x HDMI
    DP/DVI
    Intel i217V
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    GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX ALC898 HDMI
    DP/DVI
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    GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX ALC898 DVI/VGA
    HDMI/DP
    Intel i217V Amazon US
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    GA-Z87X-D3H ATX ALC892 DVI/HDMI
    D-SUB
    Intel i217V Amazon US
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    GA-Z87-HD3 ATX ALC892 DVI/HDMI/VGA Realtek
    RTL8111F
    Amazon US
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    GA-Z87MX-D3H mATX ALC892 DVI/VGA
    HDMI/DP
    Intel i217V Amazon US
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    GA-Z87M-D3H mATX ALC892 DVI
    VGA/HDMI
    Realtek
    8111F-VL
    Amazon US
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    GA-Z87N-WIFI ITX ALC892 2x HDMI
    DVI
    Intel i217V
    Atheros
    Amazon US
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    GA-H87-D3H ATX ALC892 DVI
    HDMI/VGA
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    GA-H87N-WIFI ITX ALC892 2x HDMI
    DVI
    Intel i217V
    Atheros
    Amazon US
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    GA-H87M-D3H mATX ALC892 HDMI/DVI
    D-SUB
    Realtek 8111F Amazon US
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    GA-H87M-HD3 mATX ALC887 HDMI/DVI
    D-SUB
    Realtek 8111F Amazon US
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    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. We’ve also added a range of Samsung SSDs, which do require a TRIM patch. 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
    Amazon US
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    SanDisk SATA
    6Gb/s 480GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 120GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 250GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 500GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 750GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 1TB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Samsung 840 PRO
    6Gb/s SATA 128GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Samsung 840 PRO
    6Gb/s SATA 256GB SSD
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    Samsung 840 PRO
    6Gb/s SATA 512GB SSD
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    Mushkin mSATA
    6Gb/s 120GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Mushkin mSATA
    6Gb/s 240GB SSD
    Amazon US
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    Newegg


    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.

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    CPU Coolers

    All Intel Socket 1150 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.

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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)
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    Cooler Master Blade Master
    120mm Case/CPU fan
    Amazon US
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    Power Supplies

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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
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    mini-ITX Silverstone Sugo SG07B
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    Amazon US
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    mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 120 Amazon US
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    mini-ITX BitFenix Prodigy White Amazon US
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    Black Amazon US
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    Orange Amazon US
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    Red Amazon US
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    Green Amazon US
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    mATX BitFenix Phenom M White Newegg
    Black Newegg
    mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US
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    mATX Silverstone PS07 Amazon US
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    mATX/ATX Cooler Master HAF XB Amazon US
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    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 200R Amazon US
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    ATX/E-ATX Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
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    ATX/E-ATX Cooler Master HAF XM Amazon US
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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
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    USB Flash Drive (16GB) Amazon US
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    Sony DVD Optical Drive Amazon US
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    LG BluRay Optical Drive Amazon US
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    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)
    PlayStation 4 DualShock
    Wireless Controller
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    USB Cable
    (for PS4 controller)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
    (10.8+ Wakes from Sleep)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    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)

    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!

    Last edited by adamsmasher; 12-10-2014 at 01:38 PM.

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    Just to note that the GA-Z87X-UD7-TH is stated to be E-ATX on the gigabyte site. List looks great though

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    is the wifi and usb pcie card of the GA-Z87X-UD7-TH motherboard supported in os x? i don't think so but i might be wrong...


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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide January 2014


    Quote Originally Posted by VirtualGentlemen View Post
    is the wifi and usb pcie card of the GA-Z87X-UD7-TH motherboard supported in os x? i don't think so but i might be wrong...

    bt works but not wifi

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    Great

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    Been seeing a number of successful builds with the Intel NUC. Maybe it is time to include one on this list.

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    I noticed that the Geforce GTX 660 TI has been removed. Is it not compatible any longer?? I just bought one a couple of weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buffo View Post
    I noticed that the Geforce GTX 660 TI has been removed. Is it not compatible any longer?? I just bought one a couple of weeks ago.
    Thanks for the great guides!
    It was removed as it's no longer available.

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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide January 2014


    These guides have been recommending only Nvidia cards instead of AMD. When I upgraded to Mavericks I upgraded from a 6850 to a 650 Ti Boost. With the 6850 I was able to sleep reliably for long periods of time (overnight). With the Nvidia card I can only sleep for short periods of time and if I put it to sleep overnight the monitor will not wake.

    I know you guys do some compatibility testing when coming up with these guides. Have your configurations using Nvidia cards been able to sleep for long periods and wake without issues? I am using an older non haswell system and if upgrading fixes sleep then I will upgrade.

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