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Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide February 2014

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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. Among many other changes this month, we’ve revised each example build with new RAM and SSD options standard.

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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RAM
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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. If you’re interested in replacing the mini-PCIe card, check out this list of card suggestions.​

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Motherboard GA-H87N-WIFI Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
cpu.jpg
CPU Intel Core i3-4330
Intel Core i3-4340
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
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CPU Cooler Thermaltake Slim X3
Low Profile (Air)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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
ssd-samsung.jpg
hdd.jpg
Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 250GB 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
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Case + Power
Supply
Apex MI-008
(w/ 250W Power Supply)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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.​

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Motherboard GA-Z87N-WIFI Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
cpu.jpg
CPU Intel Core i3-4340
Intel Core i5-4670K
Intel Core i7-4770K
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
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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
ssd-samsung.jpg
hdd.jpg
Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 250GB 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
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Power Supply Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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
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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.​

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Motherboard GA-Z87MX-D3H
GA-Z87M-D3H
Full List of Motherboards
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
cpu.jpg
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K
Intel Core i7-4770K
Full List of CPU Options
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
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Graphics Card
(Optional)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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
ssd-samsung.jpg
hdd.jpg
Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 250GB 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
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Power
Supply
Corsair 500 Watt Modular 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
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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.​

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Motherboard GA-Z87X-D3H
GA-Z87-HD3
GA-H87-D3H
Full List of 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
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CPU Intel Core i3-4330
Intel Core i5-4430
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
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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
ssd-samsung.jpg
hdd.jpg
Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 250GB 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
c600w.jpg
Power
Supply
Corsair 600 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
tplink.jpg
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.

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Motherboard GA-Z87X-UD7-TH
GA-Z87X-UD5H
GA-Z87X-UD3H
Full List of 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
cpu.jpg
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K
Intel Core i7-4770K
Full List of CPU Options
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
760.jpg
Graphics Card
(Optional)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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RAM 8GB 1866MHz DDR3 (4x2)
16GB 1866MHz DDR3 (8x2)
32GB 1866MHz 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
ssd-samsung.jpg
hdd.jpg
Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 250GB 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
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Power
Supply
Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
carbide500r.jpg
Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
tplink.jpg
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. Warning: Power Management is NOT working, and may not ever work. This means no speedstep, sleep, without workarounds. Socket 2011 CPUs do not come with a CPU cooler- they require a separately purchased CPU cooler. Please note, Ivy Bridge-E CPUs are not native in OS X, so we are only recommending Sandy Bridge-E based builds for now.

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Motherboard GA-X79S-UP5
GA-X79-UP4
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon.com
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
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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)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon.com
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon.com
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon.com
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon.com
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon.com
(CAN UK DE ES IT)
Amazon.com
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon.com
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
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CPU Cooler Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Graphics Card
(Required)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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
ssd-samsung.jpg
hdd.jpg
Drives SATA 6Gb/s 120GB SSD
SATA 6Gb/s 250GB 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
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Power
Supply
Corsair 750 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
tplink.jpg
Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



Motherboards

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.​

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Model
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Form
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Audio
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Video
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Ethernet
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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



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audioportssmall.jpg
videoportssmall.jpg
cat5.jpg
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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 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



CPUs

We recommend 4th Generation Haswell Core i desktop CPUs for Gigabyte 8-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.​

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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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
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
cpu2.jpg
Core i3-4340
3.6Ghz
2 Cores / 4 Threads
4MB L3 Cache
54W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
cpu2.jpg
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.​

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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
performa.jpg
Thermaltake Performer (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
slimx30.jpg
Thermaltake Slim X3
Low Profile (Air)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
frio.jpg
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
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Cooler Master Blade Master
120mm Case/CPU fan
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Arctic Silver Arcticlean
Thermal Cooling Material Remover
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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.​

640.jpg
GeForce GT 640
2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit
Core Clock: 901 MHz
CUDA Cores: 384
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
650.jpg
GeForce GTX 650
2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit
Core Clock: 1058 MHz
Memory Clock: 5000 MHz
CUDA Cores: 384
ASUS Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
EVGA Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Gigabyte Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
MSI Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
PNY Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
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GeForce GTX 650 Ti
1024MB GDDR5 128 Bit
Core Clock: 1071
Memory Clock: 5400 MHz
Cuda Cores: 768
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
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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
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
660.jpg
GeForce GTX 660
2048MB GDDR5 192-bit
Base Clock: 1046 MHz
Boost Clock: 1111
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
CUDA Cores: 960
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
670.jpg
GeForce GTX 670
2048MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 915MHz
Boost Clock: 960MHz
Memory Clock: 6008MHz
CUDA Cores: 1344
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)
EVGA Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Gigabyte Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
MSI Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Zotac Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
Newegg
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GeForce GTX 680
2048MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 1058MHz
Boost Clock: 1113MHz
Memory Clock: 6208MHz
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)
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)
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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
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)
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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
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)
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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 permanent fix, however a workaround is available here.​

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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)
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GeForce GTX 780 Ti (3GB)
3072MB GDDR5 384bit
Base Clock: 875 MHz
Boost Clock: 928 MHz
CUDA Cores: 2880
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)
PNY Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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
ASUS Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
EVGA Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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.​

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Crucial Ballistix Sport LP
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
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Crucial Ballistix Sport XT
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)
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Crucial Ballistix Tactical
8GB 1866Mhz DDR3 (4x2)
16GB 1866Mhz DDR3 (8x2)
32GB 1866Mhz 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)
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Corsair Vengeance
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)
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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 Sandisk Extreme uses toggle NAND flash and Sandforce controllers. This combination provides the highest performance and doesn't require TRIM being enabled. The Samsung models require a TRIM patch to perform low level garbage collection processes. The following drive examples have been picked by us and are known to work without issues.​


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SATA 6Gb/s 500GB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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SATA 6Gb/s 1TB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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SanDisk SATA
6Gb/s 120GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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SanDisk SATA
6Gb/s 240GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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SanDisk SATA
6Gb/s 480GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 120GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 250GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 500GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 750GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 EVO
6Gb/s SATA 1TB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 PRO
6Gb/s SATA 128GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 PRO
6Gb/s SATA 256GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 PRO
6Gb/s SATA 512GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Crucial M500 120GB SSD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Crucial M500 240GB SSD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Mushkin mSATA
6Gb/s 120GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Mushkin mSATA
6Gb/s 240GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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.​


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



Power Supplies

The following power supplies have been chosen as they are known to work without issues.

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Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Corsair 600 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Corsair 750 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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.​

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mini-ITX Apex MI-008
(w/ 250W Power Supply)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mini-ITX Thermaltake Element Q
(w/ 200W Power Supply)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mini-ITX Silverstone Sugo SG07B
(w/ 600W Power Supply)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 110 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 120 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mini-ITX CoolerMaster Elite 130 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mATX Silverstone PS07 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mATX/ATX Cooler Master HAF XB Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 200R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 400R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mATX/ATX Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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ATX/E-ATX Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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ATX/E-ATX Cooler Master HAF XM Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



Operating Systems

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OS X 10.9
Mavericks
Mac App Store
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OS X 10.8
Mountain Lion
Apple
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OS X 10.7
Lion
Apple
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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 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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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.​

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USB Flash Drive (8GB) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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USB Flash Drive (16GB) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Optiarc DVD Optical Drive Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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LG BluRay Optical Drive Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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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PlayStation 4 DualShock
Wireless Controller
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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USB Cable
(for PS4 controller)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
(10.8+ Wakes from Sleep)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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IOGear Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter
(10.6+ - No Wake from Sleep)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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)


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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Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide February 2014

Here's two cases that I have and can recommend. :thumbup:

Fractal Design Define R4 Silent ATX mid-tower case (Micro ATX / ATX / ITX) - Quiet, good looking case, and it can accomdate ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX size motherboards, too.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HD3CTI/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352020

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Lian Li PC-A05FNB Black Aluminum Mid Tower 2/1/(3) ATX USB3.0 Computer Case only 15.5” tall! Because of it's smaller size, this case is truely a desktop case and is the case that I now have for my Son of Zorro build. Additionally, this case can take ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX size motherboards. :thumbup:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MESDTO/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112331

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Is TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 still the recommended wifi adapter for Mavericks? I still have a lot of issues with it.
 

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WTF why is OS X Lion on the list?

We added it because it's still available, and some people might need to run that because they have software that doesn't run in Mt. Lion or Mavericks. :thumbup:
 
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I am in the process of getting parts and I am wondering if you support any of following Xeon processors?
1. Xeon E5 2687 V2 (8 Cores)
2. Xeon E5 2690 V2 (10 Cores)
3. Xeon E5 2692 V2 (12 Cores)
4. Xeon E5 2697 V2 (12 Cores)
Thank you in advance.
 

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Why is OS X Lion on the list when the link doesn't even work at all?


Thanks- fixed.
 
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Is TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 still the recommended wifi adapter for Mavericks? I still have a lot of issues with it.
i would love to know this as-well. since i NEED to use WiFi since i don't have Ethernet in my house :/ and i dont want to have to spend ages trying to get it working. i just need something that works out of the box
 

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Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide February 2014

I am in the process of getting parts and I am wondering if you support any of following Xeon processors?
1. Xeon E5 2687 V2 (8 Cores)
2. Xeon E5 2690 V2 (10 Cores)
3. Xeon E5 2692 V2 (12 Cores)
4. Xeon E5 2697 V2 (12 Cores)
Thank you in advance.
None of those are currently supported in OS X, that is why we are only recommending SB-EP processors.