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


    Building a computer from parts is a very rewarding experience. Not only can you save a few bucks, but you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done at the end. 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 choices.

    For maximum ease of use with tonymacx86.com guides and methods, we'll be revising this buyer's guide monthly with all of our current recommendations. These might not be the only components that work, but based on our research they're the easiest and best supported options. Use these 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!

    Since there haven't been any changes in compatibility this month so far, we've maintained our recommendations, while adding Amazon's international online stores. Please note that if a link does not work, it is because the product is unavailable in that country.

    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
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Motherboard GA-H77N-WIFI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Case + Power
    Supply
    Apex MI-008
    (w/ 250W Power Supply)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    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
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    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
    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 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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    Amazon US
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    Motherboard GA-Z77N-WIFI Amazon US
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
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    Case BitFenix Prodigy
    (No Power Supply)
    White Amazon US
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    Black Amazon US
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    Orange Amazon US
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    Power Supply Corsair 650 Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Graphics Card GeForce GT 640

    GeForce GTX 650

    GeForce GTX 660 Ti

    GeForce GTX 670

    GeForce GTX 680
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
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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
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    CPU Cooler Corsair H60
    Liquid Cooler
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Operating
    System
    Mac OS X 10.8
    Mountain
    Lion
    Mac App Store


    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
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    Motherboard GA-B75M-D3P

    GA-Q77M-D2H
    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
    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Case Fractal Design
    Core 1000
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Power
    Supply
    Corsair 500 Watt Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    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
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    CPU Cooler Corsair H60
    Liquid Cooler
    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
    Operating
    System
    Mac OS X 10.8
    Mountain
    Lion
    Mac App Store


    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
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    Motherboard GA-Z77-DS3H Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair 600 Watt Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    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
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

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    CPU Cooler Corsair H60
    Liquid Cooler
    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
    Operating
    System
    Mac OS X 10.8
    Mountain
    Lion
    Mac App Store


    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
    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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    Motherboard GA-Z77X-UP5-TH

    GA-Z77X-UD5H
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg




    Graphics Card GeForce GT 640

    GeForce GTX 650

    GeForce GTX 660 Ti

    GeForce GTX 670

    GeForce GTX 680
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    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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    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
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Newegg
    Newegg
    Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
    Wifi Adapter
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Operating
    System
    Mac OS X 10.8
    Mountain
    Lion
    Mac App Store


    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...

    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)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)

    Amazon.com

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    Amazon.com

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    Amazon.com

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    Motherboard GA-X79-UD5 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    RAM 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

    32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    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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    Power
    Supply
    Corsair 750 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg




    Graphics Card GeForce GT 640

    GeForce GTX 650

    GeForce GTX 660 Ti

    GeForce GTX 670

    GeForce GTX 680
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
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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
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
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    Operating
    System
    Mac OS X 10.8
    Mountain
    Lion
    Mac App Store


    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.

    GeForce GT 640 PCIe-powered
    900 MHz Clock for low
    power & quiet use.
    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
    Mid-range card with high
    performance.
    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)
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    GeForce GTX 660 Ti
    Mid to high end
    performance card.
    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)
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    GeForce GTX 670 Standard
    High end - our top
    recommendation.
    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)
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    GeForce GTX 670 Upgraded
    Higher graphics
    clock speed.
    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
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    GeForce GTX 680 Standard
    The top end card.
    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

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    GeForce GTX 680 Upgraded
    Higher graphics
    clock speed.
    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)
    Newegg

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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.

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


    Motherboards

    We recommend these specific Gigabyte 7-series motherboards because of native power management support, network, and audio. 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-UP5-TH
    ATX, VGA, DVI, HDMI
    Dual Thunderbolt,
    Bluetooth/Wifi*
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77X-UD5H
    ATX, VGA, dp, DVI,HDMI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77-DS3H
    ATX, VGA, DVI,HDMI Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Gigabyte
    GA-Q77M-D2H
    mATX, VGA, DVI,HDMI, dp Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Gigabyte
    GA-B75M-D3P
    mATX, VGA, DVI,HDMI, dp Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Gigabyte
    GA-Z77N-WIFI
    mini-ITX, DVI, HDMI
    Bluetooth/Wifi*
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    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.



    Drives

    We recommend using a fast solid state drive for your system drive. Choose a 1TB or less hard drive if planning to use Chimera/Chameleon as your bootloader. Also, choose 512B format drives. 4K advanced format drives will not work with the bootloader without workarounds. Note that this is only applicable for the boot drive, whereas your storage drive can be any size. The following drive examples have been hand picked 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)
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    SanDisk SATA 6Gb/s 480GB SSD Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    CPU Coolers

    Corsair H60
    Liquid Cooler
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Thermaltake Performer
    Water Cooler
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Thermaltake Frio Air Cooler Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Power Supplies

    Corsair 500 Watt Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Corsair 600 Watt Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Corsair 750 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.

    mini-ITX Apex MI-008
    (w/ 250W Power Supply)
    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 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 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)
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    mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    mATX Silverstone PS07 Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    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)
    Newegg
    mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    ATX/E-ATX Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    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.

    8GB USB Flash Drive Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    Sony DVD Optical Drive Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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    LG BluRay Optical Drive Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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)
    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
    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)

    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; 12-03-2014 at 04:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colm3 View Post
    Why don't ye include the intel nuc ?
    Thanks for the question- we haven't included any all in one type devices in the list- this is mainly for building a system from parts. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colm3 View Post
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    Yeah, let's get the NUC on deck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavendishqi View Post
    Will Amazon CN be added later? http://www.amazon.cn/ ^_^ or NewEgg CN? http://www.newegg.com.cn/ Thanks.
    We're looking into those- they may take a bit longer, but we'll do our best.

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    Will the stock cooler work in the mini-ITX cases or will we need to get a low profile cooler as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twist View Post
    Will the stock cooler work in the mini-ITX cases or will we need to get a low profile cooler as well?
    Yeah- it's tight, but the stock cooler works in those Mini-ITX cases.

    Quote Originally Posted by hacman View Post
    why GTX 660 not include :(
    We haven't recommended the GTX 650 Ti or GTX 660, as the drivers aren't native yet. You must use the 3rd party drivers through NVIDIA's site for those 2 cards at the moment. We'll update the guide as soon as the drivers are updated in OS X.


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