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Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide August 2013

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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. For those interested in closeout deals, it is still a very good time to build systems based on Intel's 3rd generation "Ivy Bridge". This month we've added two alternate Z77 motherboards, and some new Apple accessories.

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

CustoMac Mini (mini-ITX)
CustoMac Mini Deluxe (mini-ITX)
CustoMac Budget (mATX)
CustoMac Budget (ATX)
CustoMac Pro (ATX)
CustoMac Socket 2011 (E-ATX)
Operating Systems
Graphics Cards
CPUs
Motherboards
Drives
CPU Coolers
Power Supplies
Cases
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.​

CPU Intel Core i3-3225 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Motherboard GA-H77N-WIFI Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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
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)
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
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.​

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
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Motherboard GA-Z77N-WIFI Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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 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
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Power Supply Corsair 500 Watt Modular 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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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.​

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
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
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
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Case Fractal Design
Core 1000
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Power
Supply
Corsair 500 Watt Modular 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
Newegg
Newegg
Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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.​

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)
Newegg
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
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Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Power
Supply
Corsair 600 Watt Modular 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
Newegg
Newegg
Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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.

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
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
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
Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Power
Supply
Corsair 650 Watt Modular 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
Newegg
Newegg
Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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.

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)
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Motherboard GA-X79S-UP5 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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
Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Power
Supply
Corsair 750 Watt Modular 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
Newegg
Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 (Water) 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
Graphics Card
(Required)
GeForce GTX 670
Full List of Graphics Cards
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



Operating Systems

OS X 10.8
Mountain Lion
Mac App Store
Mac OS X 10.6
Snow Leopard
Apple
Microsoft Windows 8 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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)
Newegg
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 i3-3245
3.4Ghz
2 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo 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 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.

Gigabyte
GA-Z77X-UP4-TH
ATX, VGA, DVI, HDMI
Dual Thunderbolt
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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, DVI
HDMI, DP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Gigabyte
GA-Z77X-UP7
ATX, VGA, 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.



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.

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)
Newegg
SanDisk SATA
6Gb/s 480GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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.

SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
SATA 6Gb/s 2TB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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.

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



Power Supplies

Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Corsair 600 Watt Modular 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 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 CoolerMaster Elite 120 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)
Newegg
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mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
mATX Silverstone PS07 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
mATX/ATX Cooler Master HAF XB Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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 400R 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
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.

USB Flash Drive (8GB) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
USB Flash Drive (16GB) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Sony DVD Optical Drive Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
LG BluRay Optical Drive Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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
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Cooler Master Blade Master
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The
GA-Z77X-UP5-TH is now discontinued. Cant find it anywhere at a reasonable price.
 

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The
GA-Z77X-UP5-TH is now discontinued. Cant find it anywhere at a reasonable price.
Unfortunately yea, most Z77 boards are going to start becoming gradually unavailable. The GA-Z77X-UP4-TH is now listed in the motherboard section as a worthy alternative to the GA-Z77X-UP5-TH. With better USB 3.0 port support in UniBeast, this board will work fine. Audio and network are fully supported.

http://www.tonymacx86.com/375-building-customac-buyer-s-guide-august-2013.html#motherboards
 
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Unfortunately yea, most Z77 boards are going to start becoming gradually unavailable. The GA-Z77X-UP4-TH is now listed in the motherboard section as a worthy alternative to the GA-Z77X-UP5-TH. With better USB 3.0 port support in UniBeast, this board will work fine. Audio and network are fully supported.

http://www.tonymacx86.com/375-building-customac-buyer-s-guide-august-2013.html#motherboards
Hi tony.

Will you be publishing a preliminary guide for Haswell setups? I guess I'm not the only one pre-building gradually for 10.9 release.

I guess just a preliminary recommendation for motherboards (that's the hardest part) would be just great.

Thanks for the hard work!
 

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I have a build done just waiting for Mavericks support. i5 4670K on a GA-Z87X-UD3H.

I'm REALLY considering getting this, but I'm worried it won't work. Feeling pretty confident it'll be okay? I'm buying my cpu and board tomorrow. I can wait for OSX, but I just want to make sure, you know?
 
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I have an i5 4570 on a Gigabyte H87-HD3 motherboard running Elementary Linux. This is the third version of Linux I have tried today (Ubuntu 13.04 and Pear OS were the others) and I am shocked with what other people put up with for operating systems. Simple drag and drop - nope. Basic copy and paste between windows - nope. A top-down view of all storage devices - nope. Help -nope. And I thought Mac OS X was bad.

If this is how some people live, I am surprised there are not more suicides than there are.
 
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I have an i5 4570 on a Gigabyte H87-HD3 motherboard running Elementary Linux. This is the third version of Linux I have tried today (Ubuntu 13.04 and Pear OS were the others) and I am shocked with what other people put up with for operating systems. Simple drag and drop - nope. Basic copy and paste between windows - nope. A top-down view of all storage devices - nope. Help -nope. And I thought Mac OS X was bad.

If this is how some people live, I am surprised there are not more suicides than there are.

Are you saying Elementary is bad? The Youtube demo made it seem so great, but yeah. Linux makes me die a little bit inside usually. You can try Mint, but I'm sure that'll be the same for you.
 
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