Building a Sandy Bridge CustoMac: CustoMac Mini 2011

We're super excited about the new support for onboard Intel HD 3000 graphics in Lion introduced in Chimera 1.5! This means is that it's now possible to build a smoking fast Mini-ITX rig without the need for a power hungry, and expensive graphics card! It even has working HDMI Audio!

The CustoMac Mini 2011 prospective build is fully compatible with both the iBoot and xMove methods and has a pre-edited DSDT available in our DSDT Database for full optimization. 
    We've included all components besides monitor, keyboard and mouse, as any standard ones will do. You can use these recommendations as a jumping off point for further customization, or as a shopping list. Prices reflect lowest totals available on Amazon as of September 2011, and do not include shipping, tax, or rebates.

    CustoMac Mini 2011
    CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 with Intel HD 3000 Graphics - Amazon  Newegg 
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3 - Amazon  Newegg
    RAM: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - Amazon  Newegg 
    Case + Power Supply Unit: APEX MI-008 Mini-ITX with 250w PSU - Amazon  Newegg

    Other Components: 
    Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc - Amazon  Newegg  $19.99
    Solid State Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SATA 6Gb/s - Amazon  Newegg $195.39
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB SATA 6Gb/s - Amazon  Newegg $59.58
    Operating System (10.6): Mac OS X Snow Leopard $29.00
    Operating System Upgrade (10.7): Mac OS X Lion $29.99

    Optional Accessories

    Remember, when building your own rig, it's easy to get frustrated- don't give up! There are users with similar specs in the tonymacx86 Forum 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 above or in the sidebar. 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!