Raspberry Pi Parts

For those wishing to get into Raspberry Pi, here are some recommended parts that you can find on Amazon.

Note that you’ll have to also have a monitor that can accept HDMI (and an HDMI cable) — or an HDMI to DVI adapter cable (works fine). Once you get the Pi setup, you may choose to SSH into it (for terminal/command line access) or install VNC (I’ve not done this, but think it’s possible). To transfer files from my Windows PC to Pi, and back, I use WinSCP.

The Pi itself. This is the Pi 2 Model B, which is the most recent (as of Jan 2016). About $35.

Micro SD card. For the Pi 2 you must use a MICRO card (the older Pi used a full-sized SD). You can use any Micro SD that you have on hand. But remember it will be dedicated to Pi. I keep a couple of low capacity (8-16 GB) on hand for testing. That’s enough for most work. If you are going to be running RetroPie (and all the game ROMs) you’ll want at least 64 GB. Those ROMs, on newer games, take a lot of space. 8-Bit stuff only needs 16 GB. From $8 to $25.

Pi Case. Not required, but helps protect the Pi. $8

Power Supply. Any Micro USB supply will work, but it’s best if you use a more powerful pack (2A rating). Especially if you use a camera. $10

Wireless Dongle. Optional. You don’t need this if you use wired ethernet. (I usually start wired, then sometimes switch to wireless.) $10

Wireless Keyboard / Trackpad combo (optional). You can use any keyboard and mouse, as long as they are USB. $20

Raspberry Pi Camera. Optional. If you want to play with the camera on the Pi. The ribbon cable is a pain to work with, but once you get it working, it can be fun to mess with. I’d hold off on this unless you are getting into the photo stuff sooner than later. $20

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