Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2012

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  1. tonymacx86

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    Oct 10, 2012 #1
    tonymacx86

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

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

    CustoMac Mini

    The CustoMac Mini is a bare-bones CustoMac in a shoebox sized case featuring a H77 mini-iTX motherboard and a dual-core Ivy Bridge processor. The graphics are integrated, so there's no need for a power-hungry discrete graphics card. The case also includes a power-efficient power supply unit. Less parts, less power, less heat, less cost.​

    i3.jpeg CPU Intel Core i3-3225 Amazon Newegg
    h77n.jpg Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Amazon Newegg
    ram.jpg RAM Options 8GB Corsair 1600Mhz DDR3 16GB Corsair 1600Mhz DDR3 Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg
    apex.jpeg Case + Power Supply Apex MI-008 (w/ 250W Power Supply) Amazon Newegg
    drive.png san.png Storage Options Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD SanDisk Extreme SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD 240GB SSD Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg
    tp.png Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter (TL-WDN4800) Works Natively! Amazon Newegg
    mtnlionapp.png Operating System Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Mac App Store



    CustoMac Mini Deluxe

    The CustoMac Mini "Deluxe" is a no-compromise build featuring a Z77 mini-ITX motherboard and a quad-core Ivy Bridge CPU. The BitFenix Prodigy case is a unique way of thinking about a mini-ITX system, as it's not exactly small. It's about the size of a mATX case, making room for up to 8 hard drives, and a full sized graphics card. The Z77 motherboard is also capable of overclocking if you use a "K" CPU, and there is even room for a water cooler for the CPU.

    i7.jpg CPU Options Intel Core i5 3570K Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770K Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg
    z77n.jpg Motherboard Gigabyte Z77N-WIFI Amazon Newegg
    ram.jpg RAM Options 8GB Corsair 1600Mhz DDR3 16GB Corsair 1600Mhz DDR3 Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg
    oreo.jpg Case BitFenix Prodigy (No Power Supply) White Amazon Newegg Black Amazon Newegg
    psu.jpg Power Supply Corsair 650TX Modular Amazon Newegg
    670.jpg Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GT 640 GeForce GTX 650 GeForce GTX 660 Ti GeForce GTX 670 GeForce GTX 680 Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg
    drive.png san.png Storage Options Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD SanDisk Extreme SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD 240GB SSD Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg Amazon Newegg
    cooler.jpg CPU Cooler (Optional) Corsair H60 Hydro Series Liquid Cooler Amazon Newegg
    mtnlionapp.png Operating System Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Mac App Store



    Alternate Cases

    41L3o67dd3L.jpg CoolerMaster Elite 120 (No Power Supply) Amazon Newegg
    Screen Shot 2012-10-10 at 12.46.33 PM.png Thermaltake Element Q (w/ 200W Power Supply) Amazon Newegg
    41Pp0n7XoML._AA300_.jpeg Silverstone Sugo SG07B (w/ 600W Power Supply) Amazon Newegg



    Accessories

    11970919651729077809molumen_USB_flash_drive.svg.png 8GB USB Flash Drive Amazon Newegg
    Sony+Optiarc.jpg Optical Drive Amazon Newegg
    apple-wired-keyboard.jpg Apple Wired Keyboard Amazon
    41ThZR9eflL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth) Amazon
    logit.jpeg Logitech Wireless Keyboard (USB) Amazon Newegg
    magictrackpad.png Apple Magic Trackpad Amazon
    31wszJhG7hL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Apple Magic Mouse Amazon
    610eYpJvHsL._SL1500_.jpg IOGear Bluetooth Adapter GBU521 Bluetooth 4.0 (Wakes from Sleep) Amazon Newegg
    tp.png TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter (TL-WDN4800) Works Natively! Amazon Newegg


    Remember, when building your own rig, it's easy to get frustrated- don't give up! There are users with similar specs at tonymacx86.com to help you out if you get stuck. Oh, and don't forget, if you end up buying anything, click through one of the links here. That way, you'll be supporting the site, as well as getting the best prices. Thanks in advance! Good luck, and let us know how it goes!


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

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

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  2. madman1234

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    finally :)
     
  3. WonkeyDonkey

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    Oct 10, 2012 #3
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    Article: Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2012

    Fab! Glad to see this particular build recommendation finally updated ! :thumbup:
     
  4. Sounnite

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    Good! Nice gold :)
     
  5. pc95hacker

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    no love for ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE ??? :p
     
  6. mr.recendez

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    I have been waiting for ever for this update! Thank you for saving us from the grips of Apple's dated Mac Mini line!
     
  7. Pakalolo

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    Thanks for the updated list.
     
  8. WonkeyDonkey

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    Article: Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2012

    Another interesting option for sure. Its very fully featured indeed.

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

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

    ;)
     
  9. jmpa

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    Article: Building a CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2012

    Thanks for the list :D
     
  10. tonymacx86

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

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