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Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide September 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. This month we’ve maintained our current recommendations while adding a new Input Devices section with a list of keyboards, mice, and trackpads.

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
CustoMac Mini (mini-ITX)
CustoMac Mini Deluxe (mini-ITX)
CustoMac Budget (mATX)
CustoMac Budget (ATX)
CustoMac Pro (ATX)
CustoMac Socket 2011 (E-ATX)
Motherboards - 8 series
Motherboards - 9 series
CPUs
CPU Coolers
Graphics Cards
RAM
Drives
Power Supplies
Cases
Monitors
Operating Systems
Input Devices
Accessories
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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.​

Motherboard GA-H87N-WIFI Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
CPU Intel Core i3-4350
Intel Core i3-4360
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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CPU Cooler
(Optional)
Thermaltake Slim X3
Low Profile (Air)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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
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Drives 120GB SSD
250GB SSD
1TB HDD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Case + Power
Supply
Apex MI-008
(w/ 250W Power Supply)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



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.​

Motherboard GA-Z87N-WIFI Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
CPU Intel Core i3-4360
Intel Core i5-4690K
Intel Core i7-4790K
Full List of CPU Options
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (4x2)
16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x2)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Drives 120GB SSD
250GB SSD
1TB HDD
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(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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Power Supply Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Case BitFenix Phenom
White mini-ITX
BitFenix Phenom
Black mini-ITX
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
White Newegg
Black Newegg
Graphics Card
(Optional)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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CustoMac mATX

A mid-sized build with a quad-core CPU, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability.​

Motherboard GA-Z87MX-D3H
GA-Z87M-D3H
Full List of Motherboards
Full List of 9 series Motherboards
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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CPU Intel Core i5-4690K
Intel Core i7-4790K
Full List of CPU Options
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Graphics Card
(Optional)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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RAM 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (4x2)
16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x2)
32GB 1600Mhz DDR3 (8x4)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Drives 120GB SSD
250GB SSD
1TB HDD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Power
Supply
Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Case Fractal Design
Core 1000
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg


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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.​

Motherboard GA-Z87X-D3H
GA-Z87-HD3
GA-H87-D3H
Full List of Motherboards
Full List of 9 series 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
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Newegg
CPU Intel Core i3-4360
Intel Core i5-4460
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Newegg
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
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Drives 120GB SSD
250GB SSD
1TB HDD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Power
Supply
Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Case Corsair Carbide 300R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



CustoMac Pro

A full-sized build with a quad-core CPU, maxed out RAM, and lots of expandability.

Motherboard GA-Z87X-UD7-TH
GA-Z87X-UD5H
GA-Z87X-UD3H
Full List of Motherboards
Full List of 9 series 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 Intel Core i5-4690K
Intel Core i7-4790K
Full List of CPU Options
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Graphics Card
(Optional)
GeForce GTX 760
Full List of Graphics Cards
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
RAM 8GB 1866MHz 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
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Drives 120GB SSD
250GB SSD
1TB HDD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Power
Supply
Corsair RM 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Case Corsair Carbide 500R Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



CustoMac Pro Socket 2011

These rigs are the most powerful single CPU systems you can build. The C606 and x79 motherboards listed here also have 8 RAM slots supporting up to 64GB- twice the maximum of Socket 1150 builds. As of OS X 10.9.2, Ivy Bridge E/EP based systems are working with the native kernel, however workarounds are necessary for full support. Socket 2011 CPUs do not come with a CPU cooler- they require a separately purchased CPU cooler.

NOTE on HASWELL-E: Intel has released X99 Chipset and brand new Haswell-E Core i7 Extreme CPUs, however support is not native. Please see the following posts for information on the latest Haswell-E CPUs and Socket 2011-3 Motherboards.

Motherboard GA-X79-UP4
ASUS SABERTOOTH X79
ASUS RAMPAGE IV GENE X79
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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CPU Xeon E5 1620 v2
(4 core)
Xeon E5 1650 v2
(6 core)
Xeon E5 2680 v2
(10 core)
Intel Core i7-4820K
(4 core)
Intel Core i7-4930K
(6 core)
Intel Core i7-4960X
(6 core)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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CPU Cooler Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Graphics Card
(Required)
GeForce GTX 760 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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RAM 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 (4x4)
32GB 1600MHz DDR3 (8x4)
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(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Drives 120GB SSD
250GB SSD
1TB HDD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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Power
Supply
Corsair AX 760 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Case Corsair Graphite 600T Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Wifi Card TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Motherboards - 8 Series


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.​

Model
Form
Audio
Video
Ethernet
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



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



Motherboards - 9 Series

For early adopters, we've listed the following Gigabyte and ASUS 9 Series motherboards. These Socket 1150 motherboards are similar to 8 Series and fit the same 4th generation Core i CPUs. However, OS support is limited and workarounds for onboard audio and Intel HD 4600 graphics are necessary. For now we are recommending 8 Series motherboards for new users.​

Model
Form
Audio
Video
Ethernet
GA-Z97-D3H ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97-HD3 ATX ALC 887 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Realtek 8111F-VL Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97X-GAMING 3 ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Atheros Killer
E2201
Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97X-GAMING 5 ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Atheros Killer
E2201
Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97X-GAMING 7 ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Atheros Killer
E2201
Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97X-GAMING GT ATX ALC 1150 DVI-I / DisplayPort
HDMI / VGA
Atheros Killer
E2201
Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97X-SLI ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Intel i217V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-Z97X-SOC ATX ALC 1150 DVI-D / DisplayPort
HDMI / D-Sub
Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97X-SOC Force ATX ALC 1150 DVI-I / DisplayPort
HDMI / VGA
Atheros Killer
E2201
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-Z97X-UD3H ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX ALC 1150 VGA
DVI-D / HDMI
Intel i217V
Atheros Killer
E2201
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-Z97X-UD7-TH ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
GA-H97-D3H ATX ALC 1150 VGA
DVI-I / HDMI
Intel i217V Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK ATX ALC 1150 VGA
DVI-I / HDMI
Intel i217V
Atheros Killer
E2201
N/A Newegg
GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK ATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Intel i217V N/A Newegg
GA-Z97M-D3H mATX ALC 892 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Realtek 8111F-VL Amazon US Newegg
GA-Z97MX-GAMING 5 mATX ALC 1150 1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D / 1 HDMI
Atheros Killer
E2201
Amazon US Newegg
GA-H97M-D3H mATX ALC 892 VGA
DVI-I / HDMI
Realtek 8111F-VL Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GA-Z97N-GAMING 5 mini-ITX ALC 1150 1x DisplayPort
1x DVI-I / 1 HDMI
Atheros Killer
E2201
N/A Newegg
GA-Z97N-WiFi mini-ITX ALC 892 1x DVI-I / 2x HDMI Intel i217V
Atheros 8161B
Amazon US Newegg
GA-H97N-WiFi mini-ITX ALC 892 1x DVI-I / 2x HDMI Intel i217V
Atheros 8161B
Amazon US Newegg


Model
Form
Audio
Video
Ethernet
Z97-DELUXE ATX ALC 1150 1 xHDMI
1 x DP
1 x miniDP
Intel i218V
Intel i211
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Z97-DELUXE NFC/WLC ATX ALC 1150 1 xHDMI
1 x DP
1 x miniDP
Intel i218V
Intel i211-AT
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) ATX ALC 1150 HDMI/DP
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Z97-A ATX ALC 892 HDMI/DP
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Z97-C ATX ALC 892 HDMI
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Z97-K CSM ATX ALC 887 DVI/HDMI
VGA
Realtek 8111GR Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
SABERTOOTH
Z97 MARK 1
ATX ALC 1150 HDMI/DP Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
SABERTOOTH
Z97 MARK 2
ATX ALC 1150 HDMI/DP Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX ALC 1150 HDMI
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
MAXIMUS VII RANGER ATX ALC 1150 HDMI
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
H97-PLUS ATX ALC 887 HDMI
DVI/VGA
Realtek 8111GR Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Z97M-PLUS mATX ALC 887 HDMI
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GRYPHON Z97 mATX ALC 1150 HDMI/DP
DVI
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
MAXIMUS VII GENE mATX ALC 1150 HDMI Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
H97M-PLUS mATX ALC 887 HDMI
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
H97M-E CSM mATX ALC 887 HDMI
DVI/VGA
Realtek 8111GR Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Z97I-PLUS mini-ITX ALC 892 HDMI/DP
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
H97I-PLUS mini-ITX ALC 887 HDMI/DP
DVI/VGA
Intel i218V Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg



CPUs

We recommend 4th Generation Haswell Core i desktop CPUs for Gigabyte 8-series and 9-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.

Core i7-4790K
4.0Ghz
4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
Unlocked for Overclocking
8MB L3 Cache
88W Max TDP
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Core i7-4790S
3.2Ghz
4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
8MB L3 Cache
65W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Core i7-4790
3.6Ghz
4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
8MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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
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
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
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
Core i7-4790
3.6Ghz
4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
8MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Core i5-4690K
3.5Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
88W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Core i5-4690S
3.2Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
65W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Core i5-4690
3.5Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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
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
Core i5-4590S
3.0Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
65W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Core i5-4590
3.3Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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
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
Core i5-4460
3.2Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
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
Core i5-4430
3.0Ghz
4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
84W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Core i3-4360
3.7Ghz
2 Cores / 4 Threads
4MB L3 Cache
54W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Core i3-4350
3.6Ghz
2 Cores / 4 Threads
4MB L3 Cache
54W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Core i3-4340
3.6Ghz
2 Cores / 4 Threads
4MB L3 Cache
54W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Core i3-4330
3.5Ghz
2 Cores / 4 Threads
4MB L3 Cache
54W Max TDP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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.​

Cooler Master Seidon 120XL (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Corsair H60 (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer (Water) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Thermaltake Slim X3
Low Profile (Air)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Thermaltake Frio (Air) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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ARCTIC Freezer i30
Extreme (Air)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 (Air) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Cooler Master Blade Master
120mm Case/CPU fan
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Arctic Silver Arcticlean
Thermal Cooling Material Remover
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Tuniq TX-4 High Performance
Thermal Grease - 3.0g
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Arctic Silver 5
Thermal Compound
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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.​

GeForce GT 740 (single slot)
2048MB GDDR3 128-Bit
Core Clock: 1059 MHz
CUDA Cores: 384
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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GeForce GT 740 (dual slot)
2048MB GDDR5 128-Bit
Core Clock: 1085 MHz
CUDA Cores: 384
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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(FTW model)
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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GeForce GTX 770 (4GB)
4096MB GDDR5 256bit
Base Clock: 1137 MHz
Boost Clock: 1189 MHz
Memory Clock: 7010 MHz
CUDA Cores: 1536
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)
Zotac Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Alternate Graphics Cards

Alternate NVIDIA graphics drivers are required to enable OpenCL with the following cards. See here for details.

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
EVGA 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.​

Crucial Ballistix Sport
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 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 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 following 6Gb/s drive examples are known to work without issues.​

Seagate Barracuda
500GB HDD
1TB HDD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 EVO
120GB SSD
250GB SSD
500GB SSD
750GB SSD
1TB SSD
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)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung 840 PRO
128GB SSD
256GB SSD
512GB SSD
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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Mushkin mSATA
120GB SSD
240GB SSD
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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.​

1TB HDD Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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2TB HDD Amazon US
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3TB HDD Amazon US
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Power Supplies

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

Corsair CS 550 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Corsair RM 650 Watt Modular Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Corsair AX 760 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.​

mini-ITX Apex MI-008
(w/ 250W 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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mini-ITX/mATX Fractal Design Core 1000 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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mini-iTX/mATX Fractal Design Define Mini Silent Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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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 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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ITX/mATX
ATX
BitFenix NEOS Black
(front bezel color options:
Black, Blue, Gold, Red, Silver)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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ITX/mATX
ATX
BitFenix NEOS White
(front bezel color options:
Silver, Red, Purple, Blue)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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ITX/mATX
ATX
Fractal Design Define R4 Silent 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 Lian Li PC-A05FNB
Black Aluminum Mid Tower
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Operating Systems

OS X 10.9
Mavericks
Mac App Store
OS X 10.8
Mountain Lion
Apple
OS X 10.7
Lion
Apple
Mac OS X 10.6
Snow Leopard
Apple
Ubuntu Download
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Microsoft Windows 8.1
Professional
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Monitors

The following range of monitors were selected because of their quality, range of features and prices. We've included most of the user-verified 4K monitors detailed here.​

ASUS VS228H-P
21.5", 23", 23.6"
24", 27" LED
1920 x 1080
1080P
HDMI / DVI
VGA
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Dell UltraSharp U2312HM
23" LED 1290 x 1080
1080P IPS
DVI / DP
VGA
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Dell UltraSharp U2414H
23.8" LED 1920 x 1080
1080P
HDMI / DP
Mini-DP
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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ASUS PA248Q
24.1" LED 1920 x 1200
IPS
HDMI / DP /DVI
VGA / USB3
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Dell UltraSharp U2412HM
24" LED 1920 x 1200
IPS
DP / DVI / VGA
USB
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
ASUS PB278Q
27" LED 2560 x 1400
WQHD IPS
HDMI / DP
DVI / VGA
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Dell UltraSharp U2713HM
27" LED 2560 x 1440
IPS
HDMI / DVI
DP / VGA / USB3
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Dell UP2414Q
23.8" LED 3840 x 2160
4K
HDMI / DP Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Samsung U28D590D
28" LED 3840 x 2160
4K
HDMI / DP Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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ASUS PQ321Q
31.5" LED 3840 x 2160
4K
HDMI / DP Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Dell UP3214Q
32" LED 3840 x 2160
4k
HDMI / DP Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Sharp PN-K321
32" LED 3840 x 2160
4K
HDMI / DP Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Input Devices

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.​

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)
Newegg
Apple Magic Mouse Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Amazon Basics
USB Mouse
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Amazon Basics
Wireless Mouse
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Logitech M500
USB Mouse
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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Logitech G700s
Rechargeable Gaming Mouse
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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Accessories

The following accessories have been chosen as they are known to work without issues.​

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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USB 3.0 Flash Drive (8GB) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
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USB 3.0 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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PlayStation 4 DualShock
Wireless Controller
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
USB Cable
(for PS4 controller)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
GMYLE Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
(10.8+ Wakes from Sleep)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
IOGear Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
(10.8+ Wakes from Sleep)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
IOGear Bluetooth 2.1 Adapter
(10.6+ - No Wake from Sleep)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
TP-Link PCI Express
Wifi Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Rosewill PCI Express
Wifi Adapter (US only)
Amazon US Newegg
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
(1080p, Native Microphone)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Apple Thunderbolt to
Ethernet Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Apple Thunderbolt to
Firewire Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Seagate GoFlex FreeAgent
Thunderbolt to SATA Adapter
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
ASUS ThunderboltEX II
(Compatibility info here)
Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2.0m) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Apple TV Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)