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I'm thinking of buying these Raspberry PI parts to make a kit, thoughts?

#1Melon_MasterPosted 2/11/2014 7:31:07 PM
I had one previously.. but my sister borrowed it. >__>
Hence the need to make a new Raspberry PI setup. I managed to pick out these following parts, this all costing me around $72, total. (I don't need an SD card as I have a few extras)
Thoughts and opinions and ideas what I can do with this? :) I'd especially like some OS recommendations as I'm not familiar with recent Linux versions.

RASPBERRY PI MODEL B 756-8308 Raspberry Pi B
http://amzn.com/B009SQQF9C

Berryblack Premium Raspberry Pi Case
http://amzn.com/B00BBXWX9Q

Kootek Aluminum Heatsink set for Raspberry Pi - Set of 3 Heat Sinks
http://amzn.com/B00C8NNZ36

TP-LINK TL-WN725N Wireless N Nano USB Adapter, 150Mbps
http://amzn.com/B008IFXQFU

Kootek Raspberry Pi Power Supply Micro USB Charger Adapter (DC 5V 1.5A 1500mA)
http://amzn.com/B00FIFYQMA
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#2PsythikPosted 2/11/2014 7:32:26 PM
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#3Melon_Master(Topic Creator)Posted 2/11/2014 7:34:32 PM
Psythik posted...
Why would you buy one if you have no idea what to do with it?


I do.. I'm asking for other features.
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#4PhilOnDezPosted 2/11/2014 7:54:30 PM
Check out Ben Heck's YouTube channel, he does stuff with them all the time, ranging from pocket computers to a 3D printer. You can also use them as ultra low power mining devices if you have some USB ASICs laying around, there's an OS designed specifically for the purpose.
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#5Melon_Master(Topic Creator)Posted 2/11/2014 8:26:33 PM
PhilOnDez posted...
Check out Ben Heck's YouTube channel, he does stuff with them all the time, ranging from pocket computers to a 3D printer. You can also use them as ultra low power mining devices if you have some USB ASICs laying around, there's an OS designed specifically for the purpose.


Wow, that's crazy there's such a wide range. :O I mean, a 3D printer setup..
I'm thinking of trying to keep it fairly simple, maybe games or video options? I just don't want to make it to confusing for my fiancee.
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#6PhilOnDezPosted 2/11/2014 8:47:15 PM
There's a game store on the official raspberry pi site. Most of it's free. Not sure what the recommended distro was to play them on though.
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#7Melon_Master(Topic Creator)Posted 2/11/2014 9:14:48 PM
PhilOnDez posted...
There's a game store on the official raspberry pi site. Most of it's free. Not sure what the recommended distro was to play them on though.


I'll look into that, thanks. I just know that when something is customizable, there's an infinite number of missable things created for it.
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#8Melon_Master(Topic Creator)Posted 2/11/2014 11:59:23 PM
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#9stalker_sanPosted 2/12/2014 6:01:02 AM(edited)
Screw the Pi and get a Beaglebone Black instead. Unless all you want to do with the Raspberry is building an HTPC.
#10New LinkPosted 2/12/2014 6:15:14 AM
Melon_Master posted...
(I don't need an SD card as I have a few extras)
Thoughts and opinions and ideas what I can do with this? :) I'd especially like some OS recommendations as I'm not familiar with recent Linux versions.

RASPBERRY PI MODEL B 756-8308 Raspberry Pi B
http://amzn.com/B009SQQF9C

Berryblack Premium Raspberry Pi Case
http://amzn.com/B00BBXWX9Q

Kootek Aluminum Heatsink set for Raspberry Pi - Set of 3 Heat Sinks
http://amzn.com/B00C8NNZ36

TP-LINK TL-WN725N Wireless N Nano USB Adapter, 150Mbps
http://amzn.com/B008IFXQFU

Kootek Raspberry Pi Power Supply Micro USB Charger Adapter (DC 5V 1.5A 1500mA)
http://amzn.com/B00FIFYQMA


Few things...
1: why do you need a heatsink? How far do you plan on overclocking that tiny little processor? I have quite a few which are online 24/7 without a heatsink without any issue. The things don't make much head, and you can overclock it safely to about 1GHz without a headsink without losing any stability.

2: If you are using WiFi, that power adapter aint gonna be enough to power it. I would suggest using something betwe 850mA and 1A to power it, and then get a seperate USB hub with its own 2.1A AC Adapter. With a single on-board 1.5A adapter you MIGHT be able to scan for wifi, but you will NOT be able to connect.

3: As per your SD cards, I'm not sure what you have on hand, but if it's not a Class 10 card, get one. You don't want to end up with a corrupted card.

4: As per which distributions of linux to use on it, my personal favorite is to use the ARM build of Slackware, but as you're new to linux setting that up could be a little daunting. Stay far far away from the Arch build for it, as it's not officially supported, doesn't come with a full toolset, and to be quite honest even the official x86 / x86_64 builds or Arch are a mess. As you're new to this I would take a look at the Debian build for it, as it's built specifically for the Raspberry Pi hardware (named Raspbian) and the XBMC build (which is technically debian as well) called RaspBMC.

On a side note, X.Org (the standard graphical interface, comes preinstalled on Raspbian) will strain that little thing and slow it to nearly a halt. The RaspBMC build is nice as it uses an OpenGL container to run XBMC instead of the entirety of X.Org. But do NOT try to use Apt on RaspBMC, it's a known bug and has a good chance of breaking your install. Apt should work on Raspbian, but I still wouldn't trust it and personally I just package my own software on my computer and install it manually on the device. They do have their own software to do the updates, but I don't use the debian versions and haven't in quite some time, so I don't remember what they call their raspberry-pi specific update utility.

As per what can you do with it.... Well, quite a bit actually. You could have one be your media center as it's more than capable of outputting 1080p, you can hook one up in each room in the house to a set of speakers and use pulseaudio to be able to tell your computers "play music in these rooms" and multicast the playlist around your house. You can set it up inside your car to automatically sync with your music/podcasts when you pull into your garage. You can set up home-automation with it. You could hook 30 of them together to have them work together to crack open encrypted MSOffice documents (my buddy did this), really the Pi is the limit (seewatididthar?)
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