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14-05-2019, 20:03   #1
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Raspberry Pi 3B+ on Amazon 33 euro delivered.

So, I know it's not going to go down as bargain of the year (or even day), but this is the cheapest delivered price I've seen for the newest Raspberry Pi 3, the B+

Even from Chinese sites, where you're risking customs and a few weeks wait its 34 euro. The two big Pi stores in UK it's 34 pounds, plus 4 pounds delivery. They do come up occasionally from Arrow in the US for very cheap, but dealing with couriers can often be a balls.

£28.75 and fulfilled by Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raspberry-P.../dp/B07BDR5PDW

Sorry in advance if you don't think this is a bargain, and the waste of 2 minutes of your time.

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15-05-2019, 00:07   #2
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Good find... any good projects page that would go with this?
For beginners is there a kit to get you started?

Is there a Pi 4 due out soon?
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Good find... any good projects page that would go with this?
For beginners is there a kit to get you started?

Is there a Pi 4 due out soon?
For projects, and maybe this is another bargain. You can download pdf version of every issue of the Mag Pi magazine (the official Raspberry Pi Magazine) for FREE. The specials they release from time to time are also free.

There's probably well in to the hundreds of projects suggested within those issues. (home automation, games, learning projects etc etc)

https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/issues/


Hours of reading, for free.

Depending on what project you choose, the Pi Hut or Pimoroni (UK based pi shops who deliver to Ireland) may well have the kit you need, or if you don't mind the wait Chinese sites like Aliexpress have big kits of bits and bobs.

What you'll definitely need is a decent power supply. It needs 5v 2.5a output micro USB, a bog standard phone charger doesn't always give enough, and you get a little lightning bolt icon that warns you you're underpowered.

Keyboard, mouse, micro sd, the usual stuff you probably already have are also needed. Cases can be got for a couple of euro from China, or not much more


If you're into retro gaming retropie is a good thing to Google, or ask the friendly folk over on the Arcade and Retro emulation pages here on boards (the Pi emulates a lot of 8 bit systems really well, but don't expect to be able to play many of the newer systems without issues) (but the zx spectrum works fine so you can relax!) A lot of the retro gaming set ups for sale on ebay etc are just a pi in a nice case, software you can get for free and a couple of very cheap knock off controllers. For 3 times what the whole set up would actually cost.

https://retropie.org.uk/

https://touch.boards.ie/thread/20578...#post110142737


No hard proof there's a pi 4 on the way, that I've read, but wouldn't be surprised, the 3b+ is only out a few months though. I think they'd try very hard to keep it the same form factor if they could.
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We run a Plex music server on an aging netbook at home for our chromecast audios. I’d like to replace it.

Is it easy enough to get Plex running as a server on a Pi? Anyone here running one (or has ported a music collection from one server to another)?
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Is there a Pi 4 due out soon?
They confirmed a few months ago they are planning a Pi 4, however they have said they "don't have a route" to do it in 2019.

Models tend to just appear without any solid rumours beforehand. They don't really talk about release dates in advance and sometimes they have released things despite saying they wouldn't.

You could look at the typical gap between models to get a rough idea.
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We run a Plex music server on an aging netbook at home for our chromecast audios. I’d like to replace it.

Is it easy enough to get Plex running as a server on a Pi? Anyone here running one (or has ported a music collection from one server to another)?
I ran a Plex Server on my Pi for a while, seemed grand for serving 1080p content, but I'd worry about transcoding. Moved it to my Shield which is more ideal with 3GB of RAM and a Tegra chip for transcoding.
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pihole is worthwhile
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I ran a Plex Server on my Pi for a while, seemed grand for serving 1080p content, but I'd worry about transcoding. Moved it to my Shield which is more ideal with 3GB of RAM and a Tegra chip for transcoding.
Cheers. I’d imagine just using it for music without any need for transcoding etc. would be just fine.
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Thanks OP although I upgraded to £60 for a starter kit instead.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Ordered the pi for dummies book too .

Thanks to bargain alerts I'm broke again
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Thanks OP although I upgraded to £60 for a starter kit instead.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Ordered the pi for dummies book too .

Thanks to bargain alerts I'm broke again
Nice kit, great to get up and running in one go.
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Thanks OP although I upgraded to £60 for a starter kit instead.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Ordered the pi for dummies book too .

Thanks to bargain alerts I'm broke again
What are you planning to do with it? I had an old one lying around that I've now put to use as a torrent box that I can load torrent files into using Web interface. It then downloads then directly to a nas. Pretty neat.
Next plan is to put Hass Home Automation on one.
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What are you planning to do with it? I had an old one lying around that I've now put to use as a torrent box that I can load torrent files into using Web interface. It then downloads then directly to a nas. Pretty neat.
Next plan is to put Hass Home Automation on one.
I have absolutely no idea

Probably go through the beginners book with the kids over the summer, and then in true parent fashion tell em get out into the garden while I do very important work.

My friend made an arcade box thing but I wouldn't have the space or woodworking set up for that.
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Volumio is a great headless audio player on the pi, well worth a try if you looking for ideas.
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Second this. Installed pihole on my home network and the reduction of ads across all devices is amazing. Ads on mobiles, desktop/laptops, gaming, tablets are all drastically reduced, especially if you take the time to add additional block lists.

https://pi-hole.net/

Simple to setup too, a really great pi project.
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Pi is great for Kodi but I find the wifi to be absolute crap on the pi 3.
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