Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide July 2013

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    Jul 15, 2013 #1
    tonymacx86

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    MacBook Pro, Mac mini
    Classic Mac:
    Apple, PowerBook
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    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. It is currently a transitional period between Intel's 3rd generation "Ivy Bridge" and 4th generation "Haswell" Core i CPUs and their corresponding new chipset. Because of this, retailers are clearing out old inventory to make way for the new stuff. For those interested in super deals, it is now a very good time to build systems based on our well established recommendations. This month we've added the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics card.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The CustoMac Buyer's Guide has fully compatible parts. Therefore, we are recommending systems based on Intel 3rd generation "Ivy Bridge" components and 7-Series motherboards until there is native kernel support for Haswell. Right now there is no ETA for compatibility. If you're interested in building using bleeding edge parts, check out our Early Adopter's Guide to Haswell CPUs and 8-Series Motherboards.

    These might not be the only components that work, but based on our research they're the easiest and best supported options. Use this 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!



    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] Operating Systems
    [​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



    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 Watt Modular 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] Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GTX 670 Full List of Graphics Cards Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    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 32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 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] Case Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Power Supply Corsair 500 Watt Modular 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] Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GTX 670 Full List of Graphics Cards 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 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 32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 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] Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Power Supply Corsair 600 Watt Modular 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] Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GTX 670 Full List of Graphics Cards Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    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 32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 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] 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] [​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] Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GTX 670 Full List of Graphics Cards 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. 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.

    [​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-X79S-UP5 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] [​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 (Water) 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] Graphics Card (Required) GeForce GTX 670 Full List of Graphics Cards Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    Operating Systems

    [​IMG=full] OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Mac App Store
    [​IMG=full] Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Apple
    [​IMG=full] Microsoft Windows 8 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)



    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.

    [​IMG=full] GeForce GT 640 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 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] GeForce GTX 650 Ti 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 Ti Boost 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] GeForce GTX 660 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 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 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 with higher 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 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 with higher 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
    [​IMG=full] GeForce GTX 760 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] GeForce GTX 770 (2GB) 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 780 (3GB) 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 TITAN (6GB) ASUS Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) EVGA Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg



    CPUs

    We recommend these specific Ivy Bridge CPUs for Socket 1155 motherboards because they feature fully working HD 4000 integrated graphics. Each CPU comes with a basic Intel CPU cooler.

    [​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 i3-3245 3.4Ghz 2 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo 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 the don't require a DSDT, have native power management and supported network and audio controllers. 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, DVI HDMI, DP 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.



    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. 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.

    [​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
    [​IMG=full] Mushkin mSATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) 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.

    [​IMG=full] SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] SATA 6Gb/s 2TB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] SATA 6Gb/s 3TB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    CPU Coolers

    All Intel Socket 1155 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.

    [​IMG=full] Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Thermaltake Performer (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Thermaltake Slim X3 Low Profile (Air) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Thermaltake Frio (Air) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme (Air) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    Power Supplies

    [​IMG=full] Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Corsair 600 Watt Modular 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 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 CoolerMaster Elite 120 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 NeweggNewegg
    [​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 Cooler Master HAF XB 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 400R 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
    [​IMG=full] ATX/E-ATX Cooler Master HAF XM 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] USB Flash Drive (8GB) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] USB Flash Drive (16GB) 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
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  2. JamesK

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    Jul 15, 2013 #2
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    Can wait for the day when we get the '87 chipsets in the Buyer's Guide.

    I need a mATX board for my hack, and have my eyes on the Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3H ... just waiting for compatibility confirmation from someone wiser than me ;-)
     
  3. DiRTDOG

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    DiRTDOG

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    Im anxiously waiting for '87 to be supported im still sitting on my old 1366 Core i7 920. Badly need an upgrade :D
     
  4. jmbnc

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    Jul 15, 2013 #4
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    Thanx for the new Guide.

    It seems that there are 2 different revisions of the GA-Z77-DS3H Motherboard. Rev. 1.1 has Ethernet issues as far as i know. Correct me if i am wrong.
     
  5. theburningchicken

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    theburningchicken

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    Hey Tony, please fix the "Mini Deluxe" build. I believe the power supply on the list won't fit in the case. Someone else on another "Buys Guide" has confirmed this. I recommend the Corsair CX 500 or the other higher wattage variations of it. I use it for my build and I know for sure they fit, and without a doubt reliable.
     
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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide July 2013

    There is no reason that PSU should not fit. I have an AX750 in my Bitfenix Prodigy and that has the same dimensions. You will have to push a little more than necessary. IF you want to be certain you can look at the silverstone 140mm PSU, though with the cables it comes with it will only be a *tiny* improvement is what most say.
     
  7. balazs631

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    Jul 16, 2013 #7
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    There will be no issue with that motherboard, these are just recommendations. :)
     
  8. tmpadj

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    This might be a stupid question, but couldn't I use a 500W on the Mini Deluxe? I've built one already with the 650W, but don't understand why the "CustoMac" only uses an 500W? I just feel that the 650W is a bit overkill. :/
     
  9. straycat264

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    Jul 17, 2013 #9
    straycat264

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    Sadly, I can't seem to find a GA-Z77X-UP5-TH in the UK for love nor money. Unless I choose to import one. The suppliers tell me its being discontinued?

    I bought a GA-Z77X-UD5H instead, but they're getting a little thin on the ground also...
     
  10. natemz

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    Jul 17, 2013 #10
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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide July 2013

    I have a TX650M in my prodigy and it seems to being doing just fine.
     
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