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Any CustoMac Build can be a great Gaming Build for both OS X and Windows. There are some additional hardware and software recommendations as well as setup tips below that can turn a good machine for gaming into one that stomps any console.

The following links can help turn your machine into a better rig for gaming. If you have any other tips and tricks, let us know!
Controllers

Controller
Compatibilty
Bluetooth
PS4 Controller
OS X & Windows
Support
(Guide here)
Yes, Generic Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
PS3 Controller
OS X & Windows
Support
Yes, Generic Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
XBOX One Controller
No OS X Support
Windows Only
(Windows driver here)
No Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
XBOX 360 Controller
OS X & Windows
Support
(OS X Driver here)
No Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Logitech Gamepad
(wireless)
OS X & Windows
Support
No Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg
Logitech Gamepad
(wired)
OS X & Windows
Support
No Amazon US
(CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
Newegg


Build-Specific Software


Steam

Steam is an internet-based digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer, and social networking platform developed by Valve Corporation. (wiki)
http://store.steampowered.com/

Origin
Origin (formerly EA Download Manager (EADM)) is a digital distribution software from Electronic Arts that allows users to purchase games on the internet for PC and mobile platforms, and download them with the Origin client. Origin for Mac has been available since February 8, 2013. (wiki)
http://www.origin.com

Battle.net
Blizzard makes most if not all of their games Mac compatible. This includes World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II. Free play of all games available.
http://us.battle.net/en/

OpenEmu
http://openemu.org/


Build-Specific Setup


PS4 Controller Setup

http://www.tonymacx86.com/gaming/117244-use-your-ps4-controller-os-x.html

Dual Booting Guides
http://www.tonymacx86.com/multi-booting/

Other
http://download.cnet.com/Xbox-360-Controller/3000-18490_4-90204.html
http://download.cnet.com/mac/game-controllers/
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/17779/controllermate
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-connect-game-controllers-to-your-mac/
http://www.usboverdrive.com/USBOverdrive/News.html
http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-use-a-game-controller-with-your-mac--mac-48613
http://joystickmapper.com/

This is only a partial list, if you have some suggestions, please add them here and we'll try to add to this post.
 
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[DRAFT] How to Make Any Build Into a Gaming Build

How about adding some info here regarding display's; IPS = great quality but a little slower (Refresh); TN = good quality but much faster as a rule. There are loads of great quality monitors that could possibly be added to the buyers guide too.

If I was looking for all out gaming peformance I would give up on IPS that I currently use in favour of a very fast panel with lowest possible lag.

Also for a killer gaming system, obviously the beefier end of the graphics card lineup.
 

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Need IPS with low input lag? The Eizo FS2333 is your monitor.

I've been using it since this July, and it's incredible. It's 60Hz, but if I wanted more, I would have bought a G-Sync monitor (if those were available around that time)
 
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After a little bit of searching, I found what appears to be a driver for Xbox one controller support on OS X. I'm unable to test if it does work, but it might be worth checking out if someone is able to. I'd be interested in getting a One controller if it works well.

Link here: https://github.com/FranticRain/Xone-OSX

Edit: It might be worth mentioning that the Xbox 360 controller does have wireless support through a receiver, although it's not Bluetooth.
 
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