Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide February 2013

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    Feb 15, 2013 #1
    tonymacx86

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    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
    [​IMG=full] CustoMac Mini (mini-ITX)
    [​IMG=full] CustoMac Mini Deluxe (mini-ITX)
    [​IMG=full] CustoMac Budget (mATX)
    [​IMG=full] CustoMac Budget (ATX)
    [​IMG=full] CustoMac Pro (ATX)
    [​IMG=full] CustoMac Socket 2011 (E-ATX)
    [​IMG=full] Graphics Cards
    [​IMG=full] CPUs
    [​IMG=full] Motherboards
    [​IMG=full] Drives
    [​IMG=full] CPU Coolers
    [​IMG=full] Power Supplies
    [​IMG=full] Cases
    [​IMG=full] Accessories


    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.

    [​IMG=full] CPU Intel Core i3-3225 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-H77N-WIFI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case + Power Supply Apex MI-008 (w/ 250W Power Supply) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-Z77N-WIFI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case BitFenix Prodigy (No Power Supply) 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 Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Power Supply Corsair 650 Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] CPU Cooler Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] 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 Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-B75M-D3P GA-Q77M-D2H Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] PowerSupply Corsair 500 Watt Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] CPU Cooler Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] 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 Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-Z77-DS3H Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Power Supply Corsair 600 Watt Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] CPU Cooler Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-Z77X-UP5-TH GA-Z77X-UD5H Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Power Supply Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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...

    [​IMG=full] 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 (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES IT)Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-X79-UD5 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] RAM 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Power Supply Corsair 750 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] 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 (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] GeForce GTX 650 Mid-range card with highperformance. 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
    [​IMG=full] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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 Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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 Newegg Newegg Newegg


    CPUs
    We recommend these specific Ivy Bridge CPUs for Socket 1155 motherboards because they feature fully working HD 4000 integrated graphics.

    [​IMG=full] Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5Ghz 4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo Unlocked for Overclocking Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Intel Core i7-3770 3.4Ghz 4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4Ghz 4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo Unlocked for Overclocking Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5-TH ATX, VGA, DVI, HDMI Dual Thunderbolt,Bluetooth/Wifi* Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX, VGA, dp, DVI,HDMI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX, VGA, DVI,HDMI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Gigabyte GA-Q77M-D2H mATX, VGA, DVI,HDMI, dp Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3P mATX, VGA, DVI,HDMI, dp Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI mini-ITX, DVI, HDMI Bluetooth/Wifi* Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] SATA 6Gb/s 500GB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] SanDisk SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] SanDisk SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] SanDisk SATA 6Gb/s 480GB SSD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg


    CPU Coolers

    [​IMG=full] Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Thermaltake Performer Water Cooler Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Thermaltake Frio Air Cooler Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg


    Power Supplies

    [​IMG=full] Corsair 500 Watt Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Corsair 600 Watt Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] mini-ITX Apex MI-008 (w/ 250W Power Supply) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 120 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mini-ITX Thermaltake Element Q (w/ 200W Power Supply) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mini-ITX Silverstone Sugo SG07B (w/ 600W Power Supply) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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 Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mATX Silverstone PS07 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 200R Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] 8GB USB Flash Drive Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Sony DVD Optical Drive Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] LG BluRay Optical Drive Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Apple Wired Keyboard Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Logitech Wireless Keyboard K750 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Logitech Wireless Mini Keyboard K760 (Bluetooth) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Apple Magic Trackpad Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Apple Magic Mouse Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter (10.8 Mountain Lion Only - Wakes from Sleep) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] IOGear Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter (10.6+ - No Wake from Sleep) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Seagate GoFlex FreeAgent Thunderbolt to SATA Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2.0m) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] 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!

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  2. beelzebozo

    beelzebozo Super Moderator

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    Feb 15, 2013 #2
    beelzebozo

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    Awesome!
     
  3. Colm3

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    Feb 15, 2013 #3
    Colm3

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    Why don't ye include the intel nuc ?
     
  4. tonymacx86

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    Feb 15, 2013 #4
    tonymacx86

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

    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!
     
  5. mr.recendez

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    Feb 15, 2013 #5
    mr.recendez

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    Yeah, let's get the NUC on deck!
     
  6. cavendishqi

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    Feb 15, 2013 #6
    cavendishqi

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  7. tonymacx86

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    Feb 15, 2013 #7
    tonymacx86

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

    We're looking into those- they may take a bit longer, but we'll do our best. :thumbup:
     
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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?
     
  9. hacman

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    Feb 15, 2013 #9
    hacman

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    why GTX 660 not include :(
     
  10. tonymacx86

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    Feb 15, 2013 #10
    tonymacx86

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

    Yeah- it's tight, but the stock cooler works in those Mini-ITX cases.

    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.

    :thumbup:
     
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