Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide January 2014

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    Mobo:
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    MacBook Pro, Mac mini
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    Jan 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM #1
    tonymacx86

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    Mobo:
    GA-Z170X-UD5-TH
    CPU:
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    Graphics:
    HD 530 / GT 740
    Mac:
    MacBook Pro, Mac mini
    Classic Mac:
    Apple, PowerBook
    Mobile Phone:
    iOS
    [​IMG]
    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 added the new Thunderbolt 2.0 equipped Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD7-TH motherboard and the fully compatible PlayStation 4 controller.

    The components listed here might not be the only ones that work, but based on our research they're the easiest and best supported options. Use the following Buyer's Guide as a shopping list or as a jumping off point for further customization. Either way you'll be supporting this site by purchasing through these links, so thanks in advance!



    Table of Contents

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

    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Motherboard GA-H87N-WIFI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Case + Power Supply Apex MI-008 (w/ 250W Power Supply) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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 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.​

    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Motherboard GA-Z87N-WIFI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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 Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG] Power Supply Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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. Well suited for any demanding uses.​

    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Motherboard GA-Z87MX-D3H GA-Z87M-D3H Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Case Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Power Supply Corsair 500 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GTX 760 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 an ATX-sized motherboard, a dual or quad core CPU and Intel HD 4600 onboard graphics.​

    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Motherboard GA-Z87X-D3H GA-Z87-HD3 GA-H87-D3H Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Power Supply Corsair 600 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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. Well suited for any demanding uses.

    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Motherboard GA-Z87X-OC Force GA-Z87X-OC GA-Z87X-UD5H GA-Z87X-UD3H Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Power Supply Corsair 650 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Graphics Card (Optional) GeForce GTX 760 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.

    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Power Supply Corsair 750 Watt Modular Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] CPU Cooler Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Graphics Card (Required) GeForce GTX 760 Full List of Graphics Cards Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    Operating Systems

    [​IMG] OS X 10.9 Mavericks Mac App Store
    [​IMG] Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Apple
    [​IMG] Ubuntu Download
    [​IMG] Microsoft Windows 8.1 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    Graphics Cards

    One of the most important components in a custom build is the graphics card. If you're building a CustoMac, it's an especially tricky decision. Not only do you have to worry about what will be a good performer for the cost, but you also have to be informed about what is fully supported, and what is not. The following graphics card examples are all natively compatible without modifying drivers. Each gives a range of port options, install compatibility, and is known to work with minimal configuration. Furthermore, it's now possible to use multiple NVIDIA cards in tandem- dual and triple cards are enabled by default. For a general comparison, check out this performance benchmarks table for recommended NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

    Note: 6xx/7xx cards do not work in Snow Leopard.

    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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
    [​IMG] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG] GeForce GTX 760 2048MB GDDR5 256bit Base Clock: 1072 MHz Boost Clock: 1137 MHz Memory Clock: 6008 MHz CUDA Cores: 1152 ASUS Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) EVGA Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Gigabyte Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) MSI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG] GeForce GTX 770 (2GB) 2048MB GDDR5 256bit Base Clock: 1046 MHz Boost Clock: 1085 MHz Memory Clock: 7010 MHz CUDA Cores: 1536 ASUS Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) EVGA Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Gigabyte Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) MSI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) PNY Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Zotac Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg



    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. ​

    [​IMG] GeForce GTX 780 (3GB) 3072MB GDDR5 384bit Base Clock: 863 MHz Boost Clock: 902 MHz CUDA Cores: 2304 ASUS Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) EVGA Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Gigabyte Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) MSI Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG] 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) Newegg Newegg Newegg Newegg
    [​IMG] GeForce GTX TITAN (6GB) 6144MB GDDR5 384bit Base Clock: 876 MHz Boost Clock: 928 MHz Memory Clock: 6008 MHz CUDA Cores: 2688 ASUS Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) EVGA Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg Newegg





    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.

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

    [​IMG] Model [​IMG] Form [​IMG] Audio [​IMG] Video [​IMG] Ethernet [​IMG] [​IMG]
    GA-Z87X-UD7-TH ATX ALC898 2x HDMI 2x Thunderbolt 2.0 Intel i217V 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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    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




    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.

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

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

    [​IMG] Cooler Master Seidon 120XL (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Thermaltake Performer (Water) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Thermaltake Slim X3 Low Profile (Air) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Thermaltake Frio (Air) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme (Air) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Cooler Master Blade Master 120mm Case/CPU fan Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg



    Power Supplies

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

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

    [​IMG] USB Flash Drive (8GB) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] USB Flash Drive (16GB) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Sony DVD Optical Drive Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] LG BluRay Optical Drive Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Apple Wired Keyboard Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Logitech Wireless Keyboard K750 Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Logitech Wireless Mini Keyboard K760 (Bluetooth) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Apple Magic Trackpad Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Apple Magic Mouse Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] PlayStation 4 DualShock Wireless Controller Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] USB Cable (for PS4 controller) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter (10.8+ Wakes from Sleep) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] IOGear Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter (10.6+ - No Wake from Sleep) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Rosewill PCI Express Wifi Adapter (US only) Amazon US Newegg
    [​IMG] Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 (1080p, Native Microphone) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT) Newegg
    [​IMG] Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Seagate GoFlex FreeAgent Thunderbolt to SATA Adapter Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2.0m) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] Apple TV Amazon US (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    [​IMG] 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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  2. Rkool

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    Jan 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM #2
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    Just to note that the GA-Z87X-UD7-TH is stated to be E-ATX on the gigabyte site. List looks great though :D
     
  3. VirtualGentlemen

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    Jan 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM #3
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    is the wifi and usb pcie card of the GA-Z87X-UD7-TH motherboard supported in os x? i don't think so but i might be wrong...

     
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    Jan 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM #4
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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide January 2014

    bt works but not wifi
     
  5. macscm

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    Jan 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM #5
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    Great :clap:
     
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    Been seeing a number of successful builds with the Intel NUC. Maybe it is time to include one on this list.
     
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    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM #7
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    I noticed that the Geforce GTX 660 TI has been removed. Is it not compatible any longer?? I just bought one a couple of weeks ago.
    Thanks for the great guides!
     
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    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM #8
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    It was removed as it's no longer available.
     
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    Jan 15, 2014 at 10:44 PM #9
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    Article: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide January 2014

    These guides have been recommending only Nvidia cards instead of AMD. When I upgraded to Mavericks I upgraded from a 6850 to a 650 Ti Boost. With the 6850 I was able to sleep reliably for long periods of time (overnight). With the Nvidia card I can only sleep for short periods of time and if I put it to sleep overnight the monitor will not wake.

    I know you guys do some compatibility testing when coming up with these guides. Have your configurations using Nvidia cards been able to sleep for long periods and wake without issues? I am using an older non haswell system and if upgrading fixes sleep then I will upgrade.
     
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    Jan 15, 2014 at 11:21 PM #10
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    What about the new ATI r9 270x and ATI r9 280x cards, looks like they are supported? They seem to be interesting for people who need a lot of opencl performance in FCPX and Motion.

    Thanks! :)
     
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