Building a CustoMac: Buyer’s Guide | Hackintosh – July 2017


When running macOS as your main operating system, supported and compatible components are extremely important. That is why we have created a large selection of example systems along with a comprehensive list of the best available hardware.

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 Hackintosh Buyer’s Guide as a shopping list or as a jumping off point for further customization.

CustoMac Mini

The CustoMac Mini is a bare-bones CustoMac in a shoebox sized case featuring a H170 mini-iTX motherboard plus a dual-core Skylake CPU and budget graphics card. The case includes a power-efficient power supply unit. Less parts, less power, less heat, less cost. Because of the small size of the Apex Mini-008 case referenced below, overclockable “K” CPUs are not recommended.

 

Motherboards

Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI

Supports 7th / 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
Dual Channel DDR4, 2 DIMMs
Intel® USB 3.0 with USB Type-C™ – The World’s Next Universal Connector
11ac 867 Mbps dual band wireless connection + BLUETOOTH 4.2
PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connector with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
2 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
Dual Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology
Support Intel® Small Business Basics


CPU Coolers

Thermaltake Slim X3 Low Profile (Air)

Technical details
Brand Name: Thermaltake
Model Number: CLP0534
Device Type: Cooling
Product Warranty: 3 Year


RAM

Crucial DDR4 Desktop Memory
The future of memory is here.

actly the state DDR3 memory is in: computers can only do so much with it.

Since the introduction of DDR3 memory technology in 2007, processors have doubled in capability, SSDs have revolutionized throughput, and graphics cards have drastically increased frame rates, leaving memory as a limiting factor. With Crucial DDR4 Desktop Memory, crush the DDR3 memory bottleneck and unlock a new standard of performance.

Micron quality – a higher level of reliability.

As a brand of Micron, one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, Crucial DDR4 memory represents the future of computer performance. From the original DDR technology to DDR4, we’ve engineered the memory technologies that have powered the world’s computers for 35 years and counting. When you choose Crucial DDR4 memory, you’re choosing memory that’s designed for the world’s leading systems. Don’t settle for anything less.

2x the Speed
2x the Bandwidth
40% More Energy Efficient

Crucial Budget (8GB)

Crucial Budget (16GB)

Crucial Budget (32GB)


CPUs

6th Gen Intel core i3 processor for Desktop offers striking visuals, extended battery life, and higher data transfer rates, while leveraging the power efficiency of a new microarchitecture to deliver faster performance than previous generation processors. Intel’s 6th Gen Desktop processor bring support for DDR4 RAM technology to have up to 64GB Memory & higher transfer rate at lower power compared to DDR3. Increased security. Native support for new DirectX 12 API to provide better experience for gaming & graphics Incorporates support for HVEC,VP8 & VP9 to run Ultra HD 4K videos. Quick sync video technology accelerates most video capabilities to allow users to create & share in real time & multi task without interruption. Intel SGX help protect system & data. Also, Device protection technology with BIOS Guard 2.0 & boot guard help protect system during boot

Core i3-6320

Number of cores: 2
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Processor Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 530
Sockets Supported: FCLGA1151

Core i3-6100

Dual-Core with Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel HD Graphics 530 with 4k support (at 60 hz)
DDR4/DDR3L memory supported
Socket FCLGA-1151
Instruction Set Extensions: SSE4.1/4.2, AVX, AVX2, AES, VT-x, VT-d, Secure Key. Please Note: Kindly refer the Specification Sheet which contains the list of compatible boards before use.


Drives

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB

Powered by Samsung V-NAND Technology. Optimized Performance for Everyday Computing.
Incredible Sequential Read/Write Performance : Up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s Respectively,and Random Read/Write IOPS Performance : Up to 97K and 88K Respectively
Endurance, Reliability, Energy Efficiency, and a 5-Year Limited Warranty
Included Contents: 2.5” (7mm) SATA III (6GB/s) SSD & User Manual (All Other Cables, Screws, Brackets Not Included).
Free download of Samsung Data Migration and Magician software available for easy installation and SSD management
Windows 10/8/7/Vista SP1 and above (32/64 bit), Widows Server 2008 (32/64 bit), Linux Compatible.

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB

Powered by Samsung V-NAND Technology. Optimized Performance for Everyday Computing.
Incredible Sequential Read/Write Performance : Up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s Respectively,and Random Read/Write IOPS Performance : Up to 98K and 90K Respectively
Endurance, Energy Efficiency, Reliability and a 5 – Year Limited Warranty.
Included Contents: 2.5” (7mm) SATA III (6GB/s) SSD & User Manual (All Other Cables, Screws, Brackets Not Included).
Free download of Samsung Data Migration and Magician software available for easy installation and SSD management
Windows 10/8/7/Vista SP1 and above (32/64 bit), Widows Server 2008 (32/64 bit), Linux Compatible.

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Technical details
Size: 1 TB
Brand Name: Seagate
Model Number: ST31000524AS
Disk Size: 1 TB
Hard Disk Description: External
Form Factor: 3.5-Inch


Cases

Apex MI-008 (w/ 250W Power Supply)

Technical details
Model Number: MI-008
Specific Uses For Product: personal
Product Warranty: 1 Year

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