Getting Started by Chris on 2016-09-19

So you’re about to take the first step down the “raspberry” brick road… we’re here to help you along your journey.
Take a look out for the conveniently placed hyperlinks throughout the article below, you can simply click them to see the actual products mentioned.

What Do I Need to Buy?

  • Get yourself a Raspberry Pi of course (we highly recommend the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B), the Raspberry Pi Zer0 is so elusive in South Africa that we have even stopped asking when it will arrive… you can be sure we’ll let you know as soon as we get some though!
  • You’ll need a 5V 2.5A power supply, you cant go wrong with the Official Raspberry Pi Foundation unit in Black or White, you need to watch out for over and under powering your Raspberry Pi PCB as both can cause damage to the unit
  • We all have one lying around but cant ever find it when you need it! A Micro SD Card, you don’t strictly need to worry much about size but you do really want to pay attention to the speed rating, a class 10 is ideal (more info can be found on the SD Association’s website)
  • You’ll want to keep you new gadget safe with a case, here you can really express yourself with some cool colours

What Else Will I Need to Get Started?

  • You’re going to need a screen (a computer monitor or even your TV should work fine, you could also check out a purpose built display) , the Raspberry Pi Supports RCA Output via a nifty little cable, or VGA (but you’ll need a converter) or you can just use the standard HDMI output that we are all so used to.
  • You’ll need a USB Keyboard and Mouse
  • You might have a desktop without a SD card reader, in which case a little USB SD Card Reader will help a lot.

I Have All My Goodies, Now What?

After you’ve got all your goodies connected and plugged in you can follow some of the handy tutorials from the Raspberry Pi Foundation: