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    Article: Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2012


    Building a system from parts is a lot of fun and a mini-ITX build is a great way to start your journey. With that in mind, we are proud to announce that our CustoMac Mini build post is finally here! This time we've put together two mini-ITX builds using Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs with HD 4000 graphics and 7-series motherboards.

    For these builds we're recommending Gigabyte's new H77N-WIFI AND Z77N-WIFI, which are the most compatible mini-ITX boards available and don't require a DSDT. Both motherboards have full analog and digital audio features, dual Gigabit LAN ports and USB 3.0. They also include a mini-PCIe card slot with an Intel mini-PCIe card capable of both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Please note that only the bluetooth features of this card are available under OS X. We're currently testing a few mini-PCIe card alternates for these boards, but for now we recommend the TP-Link PCIe card below for native Wi-Fi support.

    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.

    CPU Intel Core i3-3225 Amazon Newegg
    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Amazon Newegg
    RAM Options 8GB Corsair
    1600Mhz DDR3


    16GB Corsair
    1600Mhz DDR3
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    Case
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    Power Supply
    Apex MI-008
    (w/ 250W Power Supply)
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    Storage Options Seagate Barracuda
    SATA 6Gb/s
    1TB HDD

    SanDisk Extreme
    SATA 6Gb/s
    120GB SSD

    240GB SSD
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    Wifi
    Card
    TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    (TL-WDN4800)
    Works Natively!
    Amazon Newegg
    Operating System Mac OS X
    10.8 Mountain Lion
    Mac App Store


    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 up to 8 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.

    CPU Options
    Intel Core i5 3570K


    Intel Core i7-3770


    Intel Core i7-3770K
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    Motherboard Gigabyte Z77N-WIFI Amazon Newegg
    RAM Options 8GB Corsair
    1600Mhz DDR3

    16GB Corsair
    1600Mhz DDR3
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    Case
    BitFenix Prodigy
    (No Power Supply)
    White
    Amazon
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    Black

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    Power Supply Corsair 650TX Modular Amazon Newegg
    Graphics Card
    (Optional)
    GeForce GT 640

    GeForce GTX 650

    GeForce GTX 660 Ti

    GeForce GTX 670

    GeForce GTX 680
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    Storage Options Seagate Barracuda
    SATA 6Gb/s
    1TB HDD

    SanDisk Extreme
    SATA 6Gb/s
    120GB SSD

    240GB SSD
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    CPU Cooler
    (Optional)
    Corsair H60 Hydro Series
    Liquid Cooler
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    Operating System Mac OS X
    10.8 Mountain Lion
    Mac App Store


    Alternate Cases

    CoolerMaster
    Elite 120
    (No Power Supply)
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    Thermaltake
    Element Q
    (w/ 200W Power Supply)
    Amazon Newegg
    Silverstone
    Sugo SG07B
    (w/ 600W Power Supply)
    Amazon Newegg


    Accessories

    8GB
    USB Flash Drive
    Amazon Newegg
    Optical Drive Amazon Newegg
    Apple
    Wired Keyboard
    Amazon
    Apple
    Wireless Keyboard
    (Bluetooth)
    Amazon
    Logitech
    Wireless Keyboard
    (USB)
    Amazon Newegg
    Apple
    Magic Trackpad
    Amazon
    Apple
    Magic Mouse
    Amazon
    IOGear Bluetooth Adapter
    GBU521
    Bluetooth 4.0
    (Wakes from Sleep)
    Amazon Newegg
    TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    (TL-WDN4800)
    Works Natively!
    Amazon Newegg

    Remember, when building your own rig, it's easy to get frustrated- don't give up! There are users with similar specs 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!


    Related Posts:
    Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide 2012 (H77/Z77)

    Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2011 (H67)
    Building a Sandy Bridge CustoMac: Buyer's Guide (Z68)
    Building a CustoMac: 3 Updated Builds (P55/H55)
    Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Pro 2010 (X58)
    Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2010 (H55)
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    finally

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    Article: Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2012


    Fab! Glad to see this particular build recommendation finally updated !

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    no love for ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE ???

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    Thanks for the updated list.

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    Article: Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2012


    Quote Originally Posted by pc95hacker View Post
    no love for ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE ???
    Another interesting option for sure. Its very fully featured indeed.

    Notice also a big difference; that is the clearance between the CPU socket and the graphics card slot, compared to the Gigabyte boards.

    Asus do appear to be getting better, and their quality is good too.


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    Thanks for the list

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    That ASUS board is very nice, however it requires a patched/modified UEFI in order to be fully compatible. If you're ok with that kind of thing, they're fine- however, that board is pretty expensive as well.

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