Gathering Components for the Raspberry Pi 3

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The first step in establishing a computer system with Raspberry Pi is to gather together all the necessary components listed below:

Raspberry Pi – first you will need to get your hands on a Raspberry Pi board itself, available worldwide through Premier Farnell/Element 14, Allied Electronics, and RS Components.

Micro SD card – to contain the operating system, so is recommended at least 8GB capacity and Class 4 or higher.

Micro SD card reader – to write the operating system onto the card, unless you have pre-installed system card.

Micro USB 5 volt power source – typically an cellphone charger or e-book reader charger, providing a power supply output of at least 5V.

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Don’t confuse the larger Mini USB standard socket, found on many digital cameras, with the Micro USB standard power socket found on the Raspberry Pi.

USB mouse – any standard mouse.

USB keyboard – any standard keyboard.

TV or monitor – any HDMI/DVI monitor or TV should work, but for best results use one with HDMI input.

HDMI cable – to connect to a TV/monitor.

Ethernet cable – for wired internet connection, unless you use the built-in WiFi adapter to connent to a router wirelessly.

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You can find the Raspberry Pi suppliers online at farnell.com and at alliedelec.com or at rs-components.com

 

 

This seemingly long list of requirements is broadly similar to the components of a traditional PC so you may well already have some items on this list, but others you may need to purchase.

 

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When you have gathered together all necessary components they can be connected as shown below – but the Raspberry Pi is not yet functional as the SD card doesn’t contain an operating system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Camera Serial Interface (CSI) port allows connection of the official Camera Module accessory – an extra available from Raspberry Pi stockists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Display Serial Interface (DSI) port allows connection of the official 7” Touchscreen Display accessory – an extra available from Raspberry Pi stockists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to know more?

For the complete Raspberry Pi 3 guide, all in the trusted In Easy Steps style, click here. In full-colour and straightforward, jargon-free language, Raspberry Pi 3 in Easy Steps enables complete beginners to create their very own computer programs with the Scratch visual programming environment. It also instructs programming in the high-level (human-readable) Python programming language, which is processed by the Python ‘interpreter’ to produce results fast.

See also: Setting up the Raspberry Pi 3