Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide July 2014

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    Jul 15, 2014 #1
    tonymacx86

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    MacBook Pro, Mac mini
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    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 transition period between Intel 8 Series and 9 Series chipsets, making this summer a great time to pick up closeout deals on older hardware. As far as new stuff, we’ve added the GeForce GT 740 graphics card and ASUS 9 Series motherboards.

    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
    [​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] Motherboards - 8 series
    [​IMG=full] Motherboards - 9 series
    [​IMG=full] CPUs
    [​IMG=full] CPU Coolers
    [​IMG=full] Graphics Cards
    [​IMG=full] RAM
    [​IMG=full] Drives
    [​IMG=full] Power Supplies
    [​IMG=full] Cases
    [​IMG=full] Operating Systems
    [​IMG=full] Accessories
    [​IMG=full] tonymacx86 Shop



    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.​

    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-H87N-WIFI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] CPU Intel Core i3-4350 Intel Core i3-4360 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] CPU Cooler (Optional) Thermaltake Slim X3 Low Profile (Air) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] Drives 120GB SSD 250GB SSD 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] Case + Power Supply Apex MI-008 (w/ 250W Power Supply) 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



    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.​

    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-Z87N-WIFI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] CPU Intel Core i3-4360 Intel Core i5-4690K Intel Core i7-4790K 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 Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] Drives 120GB SSD 250GB SSD 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] Power Supply Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] 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.​

    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-Z87MX-D3H GA-Z87M-D3H Full List of Motherboards Full List of 9 series Motherboards Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] CPU Intel Core i5-4690K Intel Core i7-4790K Full List of CPU Options Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GTX 760 Full List of Graphics Cards Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] Drives 120GB SSD 250GB SSD 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] Power Supply Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case Fractal Design Core 1000 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



    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.​

    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-Z87X-D3H GA-Z87-HD3 GA-H87-D3H Full List of 8 series Motherboards Full List of 9 series 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 Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] CPU Intel Core i3-4360 Intel Core i5-4460 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] Drives 120GB SSD 250GB SSD 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] Power Supply Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case Corsair Carbide 300R 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



    CustoMac Pro

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

    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-Z87X-UD7-TH GA-Z87X-UD5H GA-Z87X-UD3H Full List of 8 series Motherboards Full List of 9 series 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 Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] CPU Intel Core i5-4690K Intel Core i7-4790K Full List of CPU Options Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GTX 760 Full List of Graphics Cards Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] Drives 120GB SSD 250GB SSD 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] Power Supply Corsair RM 650 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case Corsair Carbide 500R 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



    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.

    [​IMG=full] Motherboard GA-X79-UP4 ASUS SABERTOOTH X79 ASUS RAMPAGE IV GENE X79 Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Amazon.com (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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 (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
    [​IMG=full] CPU Cooler Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Graphics Card (Required) GeForce GTX 760 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] Drives 120GB SSD 250GB SSD 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] Power Supply Corsair AX 760 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Case Corsair Graphite 600T 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



    Motherboards - 8 Series

    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.​

    [​IMG=full] Model [​IMG=full] Form [​IMG=full] Audio [​IMG=full] Video [​IMG=full] Ethernet [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full]
    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



    [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full]
    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



    Motherboards - 9 Series

    For early adopters, we've listed the following Gigabyte and ASUS 9 Series motherboards. These Socket 1150 motherboards are similar to 8 Series and fit the same 4th generation Core i CPUs. However, OS support is limited and workarounds for onboard audio and Intel HD 4600 graphics are necessary. For now we are recommending 8 Series motherboards for new users. ​

    [​IMG=full] Model [​IMG=full] Form [​IMG=full] Audio [​IMG=full] Video [​IMG=full] Ethernet [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full]
    GA-Z97-D3H ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97-HD3 ATX ALC 887 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Realtek 8111F-VL Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97X-GAMING 3 ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Atheros Killer E2201 Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97X-GAMING 5 ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Atheros Killer E2201 Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97X-GAMING 7 ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Atheros Killer E2201 Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97X-GAMING GT ATX ALC 1150 DVI-I / DisplayPort HDMI / VGA Atheros Killer E2201 Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97X-SLI ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Intel i217V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    GA-Z97X-SOC ATX ALC 1150 DVI-D / DisplayPort HDMI / D-Sub Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97X-SOC Force ATX ALC 1150 DVI-I / DisplayPort HDMI / VGA Atheros Killer E2201 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    GA-Z97X-UD3H ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX ALC 1150 VGA DVI-D / HDMI Intel i217V Atheros Killer E2201 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    GA-Z97X-UD7-TH ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
    GA-H97-D3H ATX ALC 1150 VGA DVI-I / HDMI Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK ATX ALC 1150 VGA DVI-I / HDMI Intel i217V Atheros Killer E2201 N/A Newegg
    GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Intel i217V N/A Newegg
    GA-Z97M-D3H mATX ALC 892 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Realtek 8111F-VL Amazon US Newegg
    GA-Z97MX-GAMING 5 mATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub 1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI Atheros Killer E2201 Amazon US Newegg
    GA-H97M-D3H mATX ALC 892 VGA DVI-I / HDMI Realtek 8111F-VL Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    GA-Z97N-GAMING 5 mini-ITX ALC 1150 1x DisplayPort 1x DVI-I / 1 HDMI Atheros Killer E2201 N/A Newegg
    GA-Z97N-WiFi mini-ITX ALC 892 1x DVI-I / 2x HDMI Intel i217V Atheros 8161B Amazon US Newegg
    GA-H97N-WiFi mini-ITX ALC 892 1x DVI-I / 2x HDMI Intel i217V Atheros 8161B Amazon US Newegg


    [​IMG=full] Model [​IMG=full] Form [​IMG=full] Audio [​IMG=full] Video [​IMG=full] Ethernet [​IMG=full] [​IMG=full]
    Z97-DELUXE ATX ALC 1150 1 xHDMI 1 x DP 1 x miniDP Intel i218V Intel i211 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) ATX ALC 1150 HDMI/DP DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    Z97-A ATX ALC 892 HDMI/DP DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    Z97-C ATX ALC 892 HDMI DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1 ATX ALC 1150 HDMI/DP Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 2 ATX ALC 1150 HDMI/DP Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX ALC 1150 HDMI DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    MAXIMUS VII RANGER ATX ALC 1150 HDMI DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    Z97M-PLUS mATX ALC 887 HDMI DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    GRYPHON Z97 mATX ALC 1150 HDMI/DP DVI Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    MAXIMUS VII GENE mATX ALC 1150 HDMI Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    H97M-PLUS mATX ALC 887 HDMI DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    Z97I-PLUS mini-ITX ALC 892 HDMI/DP DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    H97I-PLUS mini-ITX ALC 887 HDMI/DP DVI/VGA Intel i218V Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg




    CPUs

    We recommend 4th Generation Haswell Core i desktop CPUs for Gigabyte 8-series and 9-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.

    [​IMG=full] Core i7-4790K 4.0Ghz 4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo Unlocked for Overclocking 8MB L3 Cache 88W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Core i7-4790S 3.2Ghz 4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo 8MB L3 Cache 65W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Core i7-4790 3.6Ghz 4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo 8MB L3 Cache 84W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] Core i7-4790 3.6Ghz 4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo 8MB L3 Cache 84W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Core i5-4690K 3.5Ghz 4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo 6MB L3 Cache 88W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Core i5-4690S 3.2Ghz 4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo 6MB L3 Cache 65W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Core i5-4690 3.5Ghz 4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo 6MB L3 Cache 84W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] Core i5-4590S 3.0Ghz 4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo 6MB L3 Cache 65W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Core i5-4590 3.3Ghz 4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo 6MB L3 Cache 84W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] Core i5-4460 3.2Ghz 4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo 6MB L3 Cache 84W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] 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
    [​IMG=full] Core i3-4360 3.7Ghz 2 Cores / 4 Threads 4MB L3 Cache 54W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Core i3-4350 3.6Ghz 2 Cores / 4 Threads 4MB L3 Cache 54W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Core i3-4340 3.6Ghz 2 Cores / 4 Threads 4MB L3 Cache 54W Max TDP Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.​

    [​IMG=full] Cooler Master Seidon 120XL (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Thermaltake Water 3.0 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
    [​IMG=full] ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 (Air) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Cooler Master Blade Master 120mm Case/CPU fan Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal Cooling Material Remover Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.​

    [​IMG=full] GeForce GT 740 (single slot) 2048MB GDDR3 128-Bit Core Clock: 1059 MHz CUDA Cores: 384 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] GeForce GT 740 (dual slot) 2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit Core Clock: 1085 MHz CUDA Cores: 384 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg (FTW model)
    [​IMG=full] GeForce GTX 760 2048MB GDDR5 256bit Base Clock: 1072 MHz Boost Clock: 1137 MHz Memory Clock: 6008 MHz CUDA Cores: 1152 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) 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
    [​IMG=full] 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.

    [​IMG=full] 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 (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] GeForce GTX 780 Ti (3GB) 3072MB GDDR5 384bit Base Clock: 875 MHz Boost Clock: 928 MHz CUDA Cores: 2880 EVGA Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)PNY Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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 [​IMG=full] 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 Sport XT [​IMG=full] 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 [​IMG=full] 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 following 6Gb/s drive examples are known to work without issues.​

    Seagate Barracuda [​IMG=full] 500GB HDD 1TB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    Samsung 840 EVO [​IMG=full] 120GB SSD 250GB SSD 500GB SSD 750GB SSD 1TB SSD 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
    Samsung 840 PRO [​IMG=full] 128GB SSD 256GB SSD 512GB SSD 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
    Mushkin mSATA [​IMG=full] 120GB SSD 240GB SSD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg 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. ​

    [​IMG=full] 1TB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 2TB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.​

    [​IMG=full] Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Corsair RM 650 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.​

    [​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 110 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 CoolerMaster Elite 130 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)Green Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Blue Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg NeweggNewegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mini-ITX BitFenix Phenom White Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Black Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) White Newegg Black Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mini-ITX/mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mini-iTX/mATX Fractal Design Define Mini Silent Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mATX BitFenix Prodigy M White Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Black Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) White Newegg Black Newegg
    [​IMG=full] mATX BitFenix Phenom M White Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Black Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) White Newegg Black 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 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] ITX/mATX ATX Fractal Design Define R4 Silent 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 Lian Li PC-A05FNB Black Aluminum Mid Tower Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    Operating Systems

    [​IMG=full] OS X 10.9 Mavericks Mac App Store
    [​IMG=full] OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Apple
    [​IMG=full] OS X 10.7 Lion Apple
    [​IMG=full] Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Apple
    [​IMG=full] Ubuntu Download
    [​IMG=full] Microsoft Windows 8.1 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] 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.​

    [​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] USB 3.0 Flash Drive (8GB) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] USB 3.0 Flash Drive (16GB) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Optiarc 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] PlayStation 4 DualShock Wireless Controller Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] USB Cable (for PS4 controller) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] GMYLE Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter (10.8+ Wakes from Sleep) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG=full] IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter (10.8+ 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] Rosewill PCI Express Wifi Adapter (US only) Amazon US Newegg
    [​IMG=full] Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 (1080p, Native Microphone) 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] ASUS ThunderboltEX II (Compatibility info here) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​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)
    [​IMG=full] Apple TV Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG=full] Apple Time Capsule 802.11ac WiFi Router w/ 2TB HDD Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)





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