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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide March 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 GeForce GTX 770 4GB graphics card and updated the Socket 2011 build with Ivy Bridge E/EP CPUs. We've also replaced each power supply choice with gold-rated models.

    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. If you’re interested in replacing the mini-PCIe card, check out this list of card suggestions.

    Motherboard GA-H87N-WIFI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    CPU Intel Core i3-4330

    Intel Core i3-4340
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg
    CPU Cooler Thermaltake Slim X3
    Low Profile (Air)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (4x2)

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x2)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg

    Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 250GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US

    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    Case + Power
    Supply
    Apex MI-008
    (w/ 250W Power Supply)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    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 Phenom 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. If you’re interested in replacing the mini-PCIe card, check out this list of card suggestions.

    Motherboard GA-Z87N-WIFI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    CPU Intel Core i3-4340

    Intel Core i5-4670K

    Intel Core i7-4770K

    Full List of CPU Options
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (4x2)

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x2)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg

    Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 250GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US

    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Power Supply Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Case BitFenix Phenom
    White mini-ITX

    BitFenix Phenom
    Black mini-ITX
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    White Newegg
    Black Newegg
    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 760

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


    CustoMac mATX

    A mid-sized build with a quad-core CPU, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability.

    Motherboard GA-Z87MX-D3H

    GA-Z87M-D3H

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

    Newegg
    CPU Intel Core i5-4670K

    Intel Core i7-4770K

    Full List of CPU Options
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg
    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 760

    Full List of Graphics Cards
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (4x2)

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x2)

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x4)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg

    Newegg

    Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 250GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US

    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Case Fractal Design
    Core 1000
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    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.

    Motherboard GA-Z87X-D3H

    GA-Z87-HD3

    GA-H87-D3H

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

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    CPU Intel Core i3-4330

    Intel Core i5-4430
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg
    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (4x2)

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x2)

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x4)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg

    Newegg

    Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 250GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US

    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    CustoMac Pro

    A full-sized build with a quad-core CPU, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability.

    Motherboard GA-Z87X-UD7-TH

    GA-Z87X-UD5H

    GA-Z87X-UD3H

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

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    CPU Intel Core i5-4670K

    Intel Core i7-4770K

    Full List of CPU Options
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US

    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg
    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GTX 760

    Full List of Graphics Cards
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    RAM 8GB 1866MHz DDR3 (4x2)

    16GB 1600MHz DDR3 (8x2)

    32GB 1600MHz DDR3 (8x4)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg

    Newegg

    Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 250GB SSD

    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US

    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair RM 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    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. The C606 and x79 motherboards listed here also have 8 RAM slots supporting up to 64GB- twice the maximum of Socket 1150 builds. As of OS X 10.9.2, Ivy Bridge E/EP based systems are working with the native kernel, however workarounds are necessary for full support. Socket 2011 CPUs do not come with a CPU cooler- they require a separately purchased CPU cooler.

    Motherboard GA-X79S-UP5


    GA-X79-UP4
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon.com
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    CPU Xeon E5 1620 v2
    (4 core)

    Xeon E5 1650 v2
    (6 core)

    Xeon E5 2680 v2
    (10 core)


    Intel Core i7-4820K
    (4 core)

    Intel Core i7-4930K
    (6 core)

    Intel Core i7-4960X
    (6 core)
    Amazon.com
    (CAN UK DE ES IT)

    Amazon.com

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    Amazon.com

    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)


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    CPU Cooler Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Graphics Card
    (Required)
    GeForce GTX 760 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    RAM 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 (4x4)


    32GB 1600MHz DDR3 (8x4)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Newegg

    Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD


    SATA 6Gb/s 250GB SSD


    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair AX 760 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Motherboards

    We recommend these specific Gigabyte 8-series motherboards because they have simple post-installation, don't require a pre-patched 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.


    Model

    Form

    Audio

    Video

    Ethernet
    GA-Z87X-UD7-TH ATX ALC898 2x HDMI
    2x Thunderbolt 2.0
    Intel i217V
    Intel i210AT
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-UD5-TH ATX ALC898 DVI/HDMI
    2x Thunderbolt 1.0
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-OC Force ATX ALC898 2x HDMI
    1x DP
    Intel i217V
    Intel i210AT
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-OC ATX ALC892 2x HDMI
    1x DP
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-UD5H ATX ALC898 2x HDMI
    DP/DVI
    Intel i217V
    Intel i210AT
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX ALC898 HDMI
    DP/DVI
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX ALC898 DVI/VGA
    HDMI/DP
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-D3H ATX ALC892 DVI/HDMI
    D-SUB
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87-HD3 ATX ALC892 DVI/HDMI/VGA Realtek
    RTL8111F
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87MX-D3H mATX ALC892 DVI/VGA
    HDMI/DP
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87M-D3H mATX ALC892 DVI
    VGA/HDMI
    Realtek
    8111F-VL
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87N-WIFI ITX ALC892 2x HDMI
    DVI
    Intel i217V
    Atheros
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    GA-H87-D3H ATX ALC892 DVI
    HDMI/VGA
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-H87N-WIFI ITX ALC892 2x HDMI
    DVI
    Intel i217V
    Atheros
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-H87M-D3H mATX ALC892 HDMI/DVI
    D-SUB
    Realtek 8111F Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-H87M-HD3 mATX ALC887 HDMI/DVI
    D-SUB
    Realtek 8111F Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    CPUs

    We recommend 4th Generation Haswell Core i desktop CPUs for Gigabyte 8-series motherboards. All CPUs feature Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics. Please note, these CPUs will NOT work with older LGA 1155 motherboards. 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
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i7-4771
    3.5Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    8MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i7-4770
    3.4Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    8MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i7-4770S
    3.1Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    8MB L3 Cache
    65W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4670K
    3.4Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    Unlocked for Overclocking
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4670
    3.5Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4570
    3.3Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4570S
    2.9Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    65W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4440
    3.1Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4430
    3.0Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i3-4340
    3.6Ghz
    2 Cores / 4 Threads
    4MB L3 Cache
    54W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i3-4330
    3.5Ghz
    2 Cores / 4 Threads
    4MB L3 Cache
    54W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    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. The following CPU coolers have been chosen as they are known to work without issues.

    Cooler Master Seidon 120XL (Water) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Thermaltake Performer (Water) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Thermaltake Slim X3
    Low Profile (Air)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Thermaltake Frio (Air) Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    ARCTIC Freezer i30
    Extreme (Air)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Cooler Master Blade Master
    120mm Case/CPU fan
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Arctic Silver Arcticlean
    Thermal Cooling Material Remover
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Arctic Silver 5
    Thermal Compound
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    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
    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

    2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit
    Core Clock: 1058 MHz
    Memory Clock: 5000 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 384
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
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    PNY Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 650 Ti

    1024MB GDDR5 128 Bit
    Core Clock: 1071
    Memory Clock: 5400 MHz
    Cuda Cores: 768
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    PNY Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Zotac Amazon US
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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
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    PNY Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Zotac Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 670

    2048MB GDDR5 256bit
    Base Clock: 915MHz
    Boost Clock: 960MHz
    Memory Clock: 6008MHz
    CUDA Cores: 1344
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    PNY Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Zotac Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Zotac Amazon US
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    GeForce GTX 680

    2048MB GDDR5 256bit
    Base Clock: 1058MHz
    Boost Clock: 1113MHz
    Memory Clock: 6208MHz
    CUDA Cores: 1536
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    PNY Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Zotac Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Zotac Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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
    ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg


    Newegg


    Newegg
    GeForce GTX 770 (2GB)

    2048MB GDDR5 256bit
    Base Clock: 1046 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1085 MHz
    Memory Clock: 7010 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 1536
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    PNY Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Zotac Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg


    Newegg


    Newegg


    Newegg


    Newegg
    GeForce GTX 770 (4GB)

    4096MB GDDR5 256bit
    Base Clock: 1137 MHz
    Boost Clock: 1189 MHz
    Memory Clock: 7010 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 1536
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    PNY Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Zotac Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg


    Newegg


    Newegg


    Alternate Graphics Cards

    Alternate NVIDIA graphics drivers are required to enable OpenCL with the following cards. See here for details.


    GeForce GTX 780 (3GB)

    3072MB GDDR5 384bit
    Base Clock: 863 MHz
    Boost Clock: 902 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 2304
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    MSI Amazon US
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    Newegg

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    Newegg


    Newegg
    GeForce GTX 780 Ti (3GB)

    3072MB GDDR5 384bit
    Base Clock: 875 MHz
    Boost Clock: 928 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 2880
    ASUS Amazon US
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    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Gigabyte Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    PNY Amazon US
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    Newegg

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    Newegg
    GeForce GTX TITAN (6GB)

    6144MB GDDR5 384bit
    Base Clock: 876 MHz
    Boost Clock: 928 MHz
    Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
    CUDA Cores: 2688
    ASUS Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    EVGA Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    Newegg


    RAM

    It’s very important to choose the proper RAM for your CustoMac. We recommend at least 8GB of 1600Mhz DDR3 240-Pin dual channel memory. The following RAM examples include both low profile and standard height, along with higher performance 1866Mhz DDR3 RAM for overclocking systems.

    Crucial Ballistix Sport LP
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (4x2)

    16GB 1600MHz DDR3 (8x2)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Newegg
    Crucial Ballistix Sport XT
    8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (4x2)

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x2)

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x4)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Newegg



    Newegg
    Crucial Ballistix Tactical
    8GB 1866Mhz DDR3 (4x2)

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x2)

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x4)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Newegg


    Newegg


    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. The Sandisk Extreme uses toggle NAND flash and Sandforce controllers. This combination provides the highest performance and doesn't require TRIM being enabled. The Samsung models require a TRIM patch to perform low level garbage collection processes. The following drive examples have been picked by us and are known to work without issues.


    SATA 6Gb/s 500GB HDD Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    SanDisk SATA
    6Gb/s 120GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    SanDisk SATA
    6Gb/s 240GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    SanDisk SATA
    6Gb/s 480GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 120GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 250GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 500GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 750GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Samsung 840 EVO
    6Gb/s SATA 1TB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Samsung 840 PRO
    6Gb/s SATA 128GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Samsung 840 PRO
    6Gb/s SATA 256GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Samsung 840 PRO
    6Gb/s SATA 512GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Crucial M500 120GB SSD Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Mushkin mSATA
    6Gb/s 120GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Mushkin mSATA
    6Gb/s 240GB SSD
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Storage Drives

    The storage/data drives listed here were chosen for their large capacity and speed. However, we don't advise using them as your system/boot drive. Advanced Format 4K drives require boot0 error workarounds if using as system drive.


    SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    SATA 6Gb/s 2TB HDD Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    SATA 6Gb/s 3TB HDD Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Power Supplies

    The following power supplies have been chosen as they are known to work without issues.

    Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Corsair RM 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Corsair AX 760 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    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. The following cases have been chosen as they are known to work without issues.

    mini-ITX Apex MI-008
    (w/ 250W Power Supply)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    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 110 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 120 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 130 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    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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    Blue Amazon US
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    Newegg

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    Newegg

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    mini-ITX BitFenix Phenom White Amazon US
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    Black Amazon US
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    White Newegg


    Black
    Newegg
    mATX BitFenix Prodigy M White Amazon US
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    Black Amazon US
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    White Newegg


    Black
    Newegg
    mATX BitFenix Phenom M White Amazon US
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    Black Amazon US
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    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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    Newegg
    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 200R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
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    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 400R Amazon US
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    Newegg
    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    ATX/E-ATX Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
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    Newegg
    ATX/E-ATX Cooler Master HAF XM Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Operating Systems

    OS X 10.9
    Mavericks
    Mac App Store
    OS X 10.8
    Mountain Lion
    Apple
    OS X 10.7
    Lion
    Apple
    Mac OS X 10.6
    Snow Leopard
    Apple
    Ubuntu Download
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Newegg
    Microsoft Windows 8.1
    Professional
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Newegg


    Accessories

    The following accessories have been chosen as they are known to work without issues. 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
    Optiarc 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)
    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)
    Newegg
    GMYLE Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
    (10.8+ Wakes from Sleep)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
    (10.8+ 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)

    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 04:06 PM.

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


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Russell View Post
    The E5-2680 V2 processor is 10 core, not 8 as stated above. The 8 core is E5-2650 V2. Are both of these cpu's Hackintosh compatable.
    Thanks for the catch- you're right- the E5-2680 v2 is 10 core. The E5-2650 v2 is not compatible according to official CPU support lists.

    http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downl....aspx?pid=4777
    http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downl....aspx?pid=4766

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    thanks for the fast reply, love the website, almost ready to build

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heats View Post
    How is the IOGear bluetooth 4.0 adapter still listed? I have two of them that now do not work. Has anyone either found a solution or a replacement for them?
    tonymacx86 member JacksonSneed has tested this model: Cirago -- Model: BTA3310
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