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Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide December 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. This month we've reorganized the motherboard section and moved alternate higher end graphics cards into a new section. We've also added a second Socket 2011 motherboard option.

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

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



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. Also, there are a few native wifi-only Atheros mini-PCIe replacement card suggestions if you don't need bluetooth.​

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CPU Intel Core i3-4330
Intel Core i3-4340
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Motherboard GA-H87N-WIFI Amazon US
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RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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Case + Power
Supply
Apex MI-008
(w/ 250W Power Supply)
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Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
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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 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 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. 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.​

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CPU Intel Core i3-4340
Intel Core i5-4670K
Intel Core i7-4770K
Full List of CPU Options
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Motherboard GA-Z87N-WIFI Amazon US
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RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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Case BitFenix Prodigy
(No Power Supply)
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Power Supply Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
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Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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Graphics Card
(Optional)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
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CustoMac mATX

A mid-sized build with a quad-core CPU, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability. Well suited for any demanding uses.​

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CPU Intel Core i5-4670K
Intel Core i7-4770K
Full List of CPU Options
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Motherboard GA-Z87MX-D3H
GA-Z87M-D3H
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RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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Case Fractal Design
Core 1000
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Power
Supply
Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
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Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
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Graphics Card
(Optional)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
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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.​

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CPU Intel Core i3-4330
Intel Core i5-4430
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Motherboard GA-Z87X-D3H
GA-Z87-HD3
GA-H87-D3H
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RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
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Power
Supply
Corsair 600 Watt Modular Amazon US
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Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
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CustoMac Pro

A full-sized build with a quad-core CPU, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability. Well suited for any demanding uses.

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CPU Intel Core i5-4670K
Intel Core i7-4770K
Full List of CPU Options
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Motherboard GA-Z87X-OC Force
GA-Z87X-OC
GA-Z87X-UD5H
GA-Z87X-UD3H
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RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
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Power
Supply
Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
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Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
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Graphics Card
(Optional)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
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CustoMac Pro Socket 2011

These rigs are the most powerful single CPU systems you can build. Warning: Power Management may not work with certain setups and operating system versions. This means no speedstep, sleep, etc... Socket 2011 CPUs do not come with a CPU cooler- they require a separately purchased CPU cooler. This information is subject to change. See this post for more details.

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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)
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Motherboard GA-X79S-UP5
GA-X79-UP4
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RAM 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3
32GB 1600Mhz DDR3
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Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
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Power
Supply
Corsair 750 Watt Modular Amazon US
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Storage SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 240GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD
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CPU Cooler Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
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Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
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Graphics Card
(Required)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
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Operating Systems

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OS X 10.9
Mavericks
Mac App Store
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Mac OS X 10.6
Snow Leopard
Apple
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Ubuntu Download
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Microsoft Windows 8.1
Professional
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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.

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GeForce GT 640
2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit
Core Clock: 901 MHz
CUDA Cores: 384
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GeForce GTX 650
2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit
Core Clock: 1058 MHz
Memory Clock: 5000 MHz
CUDA Cores: 384
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GeForce GTX 650 Ti
1024MB GDDR5 128 Bit
Core Clock: 1071
Memory Clock: 5400 MHz
Cuda Cores: 768
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GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost
2048MB GDDR5 192-bit
Base Clock: 1072 MHz
Boost Clock: 1137 MHz
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
CUDA Cores: 768
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GeForce GTX 660
2048MB GDDR5 192-bit
Base Clock: 1046 MHz
Boost Clock: 1111
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
CUDA Cores: 960
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GeForce GTX 660 Ti
2048MB GDDR5 192bit
Base Clock: 915 MHz
Boost Clock: 980 MHz
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
CUDA Cores: 1344
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GeForce GTX 670
2048MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 915MHz
Boost Clock: 960MHz
Memory Clock: 6008MHz
CUDA Cores: 1344
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GeForce GTX 670
(Overclocked Model)
2048MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 1006MHz
Boost Clock: 1084MHz
Memory Clock: 6208MHz
CUDA Cores: 1344
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GeForce GTX 680
2048MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 1058MHz
Boost Clock: 1113MHz
Memory Clock: 6208MHz
CUDA Cores: 1536
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GeForce GTX 680
(Overclocked Model)
2048MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 1084MHz
Boost Clock: 1150MHz
Memory Clock: 6208MHz
CUDA Cores: 1536
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GeForce GTX 760
2048MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 1072 MHz
Boost Clock: 1137 MHz
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
CUDA Cores: 1152
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GeForce GTX 770 (2GB)
2048MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 1046 MHz
Boost Clock: 1085 MHz
Memory Clock: 7010 MHz
CUDA Cores: 1536
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Alternate Graphics Cards

These solutions are supported natively, yet each has certain issues that prevent them from being fully recommended. Use at your own risk. NOTE: OpenCL is not functional using GK110B-based GTX 780, 780 Ti and GTX TITAN GPU models in 10.9. There is no ETA for a fix.​

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GeForce GTX 780 (3GB)
3072MB GDDR5 384bit
Base Clock: 863 MHz
Boost Clock: 902 MHz
CUDA Cores: 2304
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GeForce GTX 780 Ti (3GB)
3072MB GDDR5 384bit
Base Clock: 875 MHz
Boost Clock: 928 MHz
CUDA Cores: 2880
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GeForce GTX TITAN (6GB)
6144MB GDDR5 384bit
Base Clock: 876 MHz
Boost Clock: 928 MHz
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
CUDA Cores: 2688
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CPUs

Here's the initial lineup of 4th Generation Haswell Core i desktop CPUs for LGA 1150 motherboards. Each CPU comes with a basic Intel CPU cooler. All CPUs feature Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics. Please note, these CPUs will NOT work with older LGA 1155 motherboards- this is a brand new socket. Each CPU comes with a basic Intel CPU cooler.

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Core i7-4770K
3.5Ghz
4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
Unlocked for Overclocking
8MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
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Core i7-4771
3.5Ghz
4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
8MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
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Core i7-4770
3.4Ghz
4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
8MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
Amazon US
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Newegg
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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
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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)
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Core i5-4670
3.5Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
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Core i5-4570
3.3Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
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Newegg
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Core i5-4570S
2.9Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
65W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Core i5-4440
3.1Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
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Newegg
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Core i5-4430
3.0Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
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Core i3-4340
3.6Ghz
2 Cores / 4 Threads
4MB L3 Cache
54W Max TDP
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Core i3-4330
3.5Ghz
2 Cores / 4 Threads
4MB L3 Cache
54W Max TDP
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Motherboards

We recommend these specific Gigabyte 8-series motherboards because they have simple post-installation, don't require a 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- this is a brand new socket.​

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GA-Z87X-OC Force ATX ALC898 2xHDMI
1xDP
Intel i217V
Intel i210AT
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-Z87X-OC ATX ALC892 2xHDMI
1xDP
Intel i217V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-Z87X-UD5-TH ATX ALC898 DVI/HDMI
DP/
Thunderbolt 1.0
Intel i217V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-Z87X-UD7-TH ATX ALC898 2xHDMI
2x Thunderbolt 2.0
Intel i217V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-Z87X-UD5H ATX ALC898 2xHDMI
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
D-SUB
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 2xHDMI
DVI
Intel i217V
Atheros
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



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GA-H87-D3H ATX ALC892 DVI
HDMI/VGA
Intel i217V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-H87N-WIFI ITX ALC892 2xHDMI
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
GA-H87N mITX ALC892 2xHDMI
DVI
Intel i217V
Atheros
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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. 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. We’ve also added a range of Samsung SSDs, which do require a TRIM patch. 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.

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SATA 6Gb/s 500GB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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SanDisk SATA
6Gb/s 120GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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SanDisk SATA
6Gb/s 240GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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SanDisk SATA
6Gb/s 480GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 120GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 250GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 500GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 750GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 1TB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Samsung 840 PRO
6Gb/s SATA 128GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Samsung 840 PRO
6Gb/s SATA 256GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Samsung 840 PRO
6Gb/s SATA 512GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Mushkin mSATA
6Gb/s 120GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Mushkin mSATA
6Gb/s 240GB 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.

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SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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SATA 6Gb/s 2TB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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SATA 6Gb/s 3TB HDD 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.

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Cooler Master Seidon 120XL (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Thermaltake Performer (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Thermaltake Slim X3
Low Profile (Air)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Thermaltake Frio (Air) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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ARCTIC Freezer i30
Extreme (Air)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



Power Supplies

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Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Corsair 600 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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.

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mini-ITX Apex MI-008
(w/ 250W Power Supply)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mini-ITX Thermaltake Element Q
(w/ 200W Power Supply)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mini-ITX Silverstone Sugo SG07B
(w/ 600W Power Supply)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 120 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
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mini-ITX BitFenix Phenom White Newegg
Black Newegg
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mATX BitFenix Prodigy M White Newegg
Black Newegg
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mATX BitFenix Phenom M White Newegg
Black Newegg
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mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mATX Silverstone PS07 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mATX/ATX Cooler Master HAF XB Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 200R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 400R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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ATX/E-ATX Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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.

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USB Flash Drive (8GB) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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USB Flash Drive (16GB) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Sony DVD Optical Drive Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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LG BluRay Optical Drive Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Apple Wired Keyboard Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Apple Wireless
Keyboard (Bluetooth)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Logitech Wireless
Keyboard K750
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Logitech Wireless Mini
Keyboard K760
(Bluetooth)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Apple Magic Trackpad Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Apple Magic Mouse Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
(10.8+ Wakes from Sleep)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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IOGear Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter
(10.6+ - No Wake from Sleep)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Rosewill PCI Express
Wifi Adapter (US only)
Amazon US Newegg
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Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
(1080p, Native Microphone)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Apple Thunderbolt to
Ethernet Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Apple Thunderbolt to
Firewire Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Seagate GoFlex FreeAgent
Thunderbolt to SATA Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2.0m) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Apple TV Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Apple Time Capsule
802.11ac WiFi Router w/ 2TB HDD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Cooler Master Blade Master
120mm Case/CPU fan
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg


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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Wonderful job as always! Thank you for doing this. So why is the GA-B85M-D3H board not on at least the motherboard list? It's $15 cheaper than the H87 at Newegg and a very stable platform for an inexpensive mATX build. Everything just works.
 
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I'm just hoping the 4930k will be supported natively with the release of OS X 10.9.1 and the new Mac Pro. Until then, I'm waiting.

It would be nice to see the GK110B-based Nvidia Gpu's supported as well, so I can build a truly future proof machine, but oh well, can't have everything you want. :)
 

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

Great to see the very first X79 board in the B.G. What about the X79S-UP5 ? You may be asking.
That is actually a C606 chipset board and not an X79 even though Gigabyte put that in the name it's
a server motherboard. Actually a kind of hybrid of a consumer and server board.

Despite the name of this board containing ‘X79’, the chipset commonly associated with Sandy Bridge-E processors and Socket 2011, the addition of the ‘S’ motive indicates this board uses one of the server versions of the chipset. Gigabyte had four to chose from – C602, C604, C606 and C608, each increasing in features and cost. As quoted from the Intel website, “These chipsets offer many of the capabilities of the Intel® C200 series chipsets with additional support for enterprise storage and additional I/O bandwidth to address highly demanding enterprise workloads.” From AnandTech website

So this is very good news for all forum members who currently have the X79-UP4 board or any of
the Gigabyte X79 models. Good things come to those who wait ;)
 
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I'm hoping to see the GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD7 in this list one day. With Thunderbolt 2, it will be up to par with the new Mac Pros.
 
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Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide December 2013

I'm loving the work done here truly great job.
 
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The i5 4440 is 3,1Ghz, not 3,0Ghz.
 
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