Build a custom Mac Pro to high spec on a budget

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Custom Built Mac Pro

Published on April 03, 2013 with No Comments

Here at emusic advisor we’re about to build our own desktop mac for professional studio use and we’ll be updating our progress here along with a step-by-step guide to building your own.

You can use this guide to create your own system to the same specification, or as a template for a lower performance mac of a similar standard to the basic apple range, but at a fraction of the cost.

Here are a list of the main components we’re planning to use and links to buy them are attached below:

Basic Mac Pro (Apple) Custom Built Mac
CPU E5645 @ 2.40GHz I7 – 3770K @ 3.50GHz
Graphics ATI Radeon 5770 Nvidia Geforce GT640
Storage 1TB 6TB
Firewire Four Firewire 800 ports Three Firewire 800 ports (optional extra)
Bluetooth 2.1 2.1
Wireless AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g
Price £1,870 £999

Component links:

CPU – i7-3770K

Motherboard – Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77X-UD5H


Graphics – Nvidia Geforce GT640

RAM – 16GB Corsair Vengeance


System drive – Sansdisk SSD 240GB

Storage Drive 1 & 2 – 3TB SATA3 HD Seagate 3TB x 2

Case – CoolerMaster Silencio 550

Power – Corsair 600W CXM Builder Series

Cooler – Arctic Cooling Freezer i30

Cables – 2 x SATA2 Cables

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