Raspberry Pi Model B (512MB RAM, UK Model) @ Amazon - £23.45 Delivered Sold by NowView - HotUKDeals
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For all you lovers of the tiny PC! This is for the board only, no accessories.

Sold new by NowView in the New&Used section. This is the cheapest i can find it online anywhere.

If you require a case, the "Pi + Clear Case" option is sold by Amazon for £25.95 (making the case £2.50 instead of £3.44 buying it separate).

The frequently bought section also lists a power supply for £2.68 which seems to be the power supply of choice for most Pi buyers. This gives a total of £28.63 for a cased, working Pi Model B.

The Raspberry Pi is an ultra-low-cost, deck-of-cards sized Linux computer. Developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the UK, the Raspberry Pi aims to put the fun back into learning computing by promoting the study of computer science and programming at a school level.
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#1
Model b+ out now...not much more and with 4 usb, etc.
4 Likes #2
kencol
Model b+ out now...not much more and with 4 usb, etc.

Yep, selling here for £26.95; also a very good deal 8)

Case here for £3.41 delivered.

As for power supplies, search Amazon for "micro usb 5v 2a" and take your pick @ £4-£5 :)



Edited By: timcreggan on Aug 04, 2014 09:05: again more details...
#3
is there a good remote to use with this? ls it better to the plus model?
#4
hackerace
is there a good remote to use with this? ls it better to the plus model?

what are you intending to use it for? xbmc?

Edited By: timcreggan on Aug 04, 2014 17:59
#5
kencol
Model b+ out now...not much more and with 4 usb, etc.

It's a matter of personal preference of course, but I prefer the newer model. The connections are only on two sides of the board, not 3, aesthetically a bit more pleasing. It also takes microSD cards instead of full fat SD.
#7
My Pi died.
lots and lots of people get boot issues.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=8226&sid=f6b3323acd1ebe0e9e37a4bb004e2484&start=175

And there doesnt seem to be a cure.

Whats the point in buying these when they just die.
#8
When you add the price of a decent USB hub to this you can buy a B+, and you'd also get more GPIO pins, microsd slot, etc.

This is a good price if a B meets all your requirements.
#9
josephobrien2000
My Pi died.
lots and lots of people get boot issues.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=8226&sid=f6b3323acd1ebe0e9e37a4bb004e2484&start=175

And there doesnt seem to be a cure.

Whats the point in buying these when they just die.

My Raspberry Pi got the red light only issue and that was because the case which I bought for it puts a little bit of pressure on the SD card (unknown to me before it broke) which eventually bent the SD card slot enough to cause the pins to not connect correctly. I fixed mine with a piece of paper jammed in along with the SD card and my Pi has been working fine ever since (about 10 months).

http://imgur.com/a/Zwhvh

This may be a potential fix for someone with this problem if you had a case similar to mine.
#10
josephobrien2000
My Pi died.
lots and lots of people get boot issues.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=8226&sid=f6b3323acd1ebe0e9e37a4bb004e2484&start=175

And there doesnt seem to be a cure.

Whats the point in buying these when they just die.

You could say that about anything.
2 Likes #11
hackerace
is there a good remote to use with this? ls it better to the plus model?

If you have an Android phone I use Yatse >

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.leetzone.android.yatsewidgetfree&hl=en_GB
#12
thecresta
josephobrien2000
My Pi died.
lots and lots of people get boot issues.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=8226&sid=f6b3323acd1ebe0e9e37a4bb004e2484&start=175

And there doesnt seem to be a cure.

Whats the point in buying these when they just die.

You could say that about anything.


True.
But it annoyed me to see that many users had the exact same issue but no fix. It only lasted a few days. Trying to teach my daughter something about computers. All she learned was that they break down a lot!

Nice user profile pic by the way!
#13
You guys are the ones to ask :)

Im looking for a media centre to run Plex coupled with my Chromecast and to share the files amongst the laptops, tablets, phones and main pc. I would like to be able to use larger capacity 2.4" drives and maybe 3-4 of them. What are my best options ? , i can build a small form factor pc that can do what i want but id would like if possible to go smaller, most of my videos are converted to 1080p MKV files or less.

At the minute i have most of my DVD/Bluray backed up into the MKV files on my main pc and then everything just streams from here but i would like something seperate.

Any advice ?

many thanks
Scouse
#14
Brightling
kencol
Model b+ out now...not much more and with 4 usb, etc.

It's a matter of personal preference of course, but I prefer the newer model. The connections are only on two sides of the board, not 3, aesthetically a bit more pleasing. It also takes microSD cards instead of full fat SD.


the B+ has a nice push in/push out sd slot like u get on tablets. The SD slot on the B is made of quite brittle plastic and is prone to snaping ( see youtube / google ) for lots of ingenious people trying to fix this.
So the B+ sd slot is a big plus from me as my Pi B sd slot snapped too.
#15
nothing new, the B has been around £24 for a month or more now, since a couple of weeks before the £27 B+ was released funnily enough
#16
I would rather buy the B+ as external power is not required for the USB ports.
#17
Has anyone got experience with these M8 boxes? Is it worth spending a bit more for one of these for XBMC?
#18
bargainBooze
I would rather buy the B+ as external power is not required for the USB ports.


There is still a limitation of total 1.2 amps over all four ports.
banned 2 Likes #19
tommytbone1
Has anyone got experience with these M8 boxes? Is it worth spending a bit more for one of these for XBMC?

I wouldn't recommend it. My Raspberry Pi is perfectly capable of running XBMC (the Open-Elec port). It does suffer from the occasional lag now and then but I hardly notice it. The performance is all-round impressive.
1 Like #20
scousethief
You guys are the ones to ask :)

Im looking for a media centre to run Plex coupled with my Chromecast and to share the files amongst the laptops, tablets, phones and main pc. I would like to be able to use larger capacity 2.4" drives and maybe 3-4 of them. What are my best options ? , i can build a small form factor pc that can do what i want but id would like if possible to go smaller, most of my videos are converted to 1080p MKV files or less.

At the minute i have most of my DVD/Bluray backed up into the MKV files on my main pc and then everything just streams from here but i would like something seperate.

Any advice ?

many thanks
Scouse

A Microserver will do what you want with 3.5" drives, depends if that's too big a unit or not. The Intel NUC/Gigabyte Brix are small but they wouldn't cope that well with 3-4 drives, as they'd need to be USB and the units don't have enough USB ports. You could pick up a 2nd user rackmount blade style server from Ebay which would also do the job if you want to use multiple 2.5" HDDs.

Stick 'blade server' in to Ebay and you'll see what I mean. There's numerous ways of doing what you want. I prefer simple. A Microserver does all I need for example and takes 4-5 HDDs.

I'm sure people will suggest possibly more elegant ways of achieving what you want.
1 Like #21
tommytbone1
Has anyone got experience with these M8 boxes? Is it worth spending a bit more for one of these for XBMC?

I find the the latest Gotham version of XBMC to run fine on my Pi. I wouldn't say the Pi is the most stable unit in the world though. Mine will crash fairly often. I was using it to display exercise videos via XBMC and controlling it using Yatse (Android app), however Raspbian will crash when selecting some settings, possibly I'm suffering from a capacitor bug that some Pi's suffer from. If you want stable then the Pi isn't the best unit in the world, if you like fixing things when they break then the Pi is the unit for you :) It's simple and effective when it works, for serious serving I use a Microserver, can't be beaten. If you just want XBMC and you can live with the Pi's instability then it's the cheapest way of doing it. It can play 1080p video fine due to it's video acceleration via Videocore IV Broadcom graphics core, even though it has a very low powered CPU.
#22
is there anything better than this for just running xbmc.looking for cheap media center.
1 Like #23
hackerace
is there anything better than this for just running xbmc.looking for cheap media center.

The dedicated graphics core makes this the best for the money for running XBMC, you get 1080p acceleration and a huge amount of support. Other superior chipsets don't get the software support or are closed to developers, making it difficult to optimise. I guess you could look at Odroid stuff if you want more power and reasonably cheap.

http://hardkernel.com/main/main.php

On a side note check out the Odroid-W, not designed for the application above but interesting all the same. The other Odroid devices were what I had in mine as higher powered small devices like the Pi.


Edited By: fishmaster on Aug 04, 2014 22:52
1 Like #24
scousethief
You guys are the ones to ask :)

Im looking for a media centre to run Plex coupled with my Chromecast and to share the files amongst the laptops, tablets, phones and main pc. I would like to be able to use larger capacity 2.4" drives and maybe 3-4 of them. What are my best options ? , i can build a small form factor pc that can do what i want but id would like if possible to go smaller, most of my videos are converted to 1080p MKV files or less.

At the minute i have most of my DVD/Bluray backed up into the MKV files on my main pc and then everything just streams from here but i would like something seperate.

Any advice ?

many thanks
Scouse

The Plex server is not very demanding if your client devices can directly play the files as stored on the server, however transcoding requires significantly more CPU power. As fishmaster said the Microserver makes an excellent server, but I doubt that it really has sufficient CPU for transcoding, even the 54L may struggle with one stream.

According to Plex you should be looking to provide around 2000 Passmarks for each concurrent FHD stream. The only benchmarking I have ever done was on an 15-3570K and transcoding a Full HD file used about 12.5% on each of two cores, so about 25% of 7168 Passmarks.

Currently my Plex Server is a dedicated box running an 15-4670K, all the media is stored on a 24 disk DrivePool which lives on an e-350 powered box. The e-350 only runs 722 Passmarks, transcoding would kill it, but it works fine as a server.

Some of the Brix units have 4 USB 3.0 ports so they can support a good amount of storage, if that was the way you wanted to go. I can vouch for the fact that they are excellent devices.

Plex is an outstanding system, but you requirements are going to depending on the client devices, XBMC and OpenElec will play just about anything "native", and should not need any transcoding, however Plex clients on phones are likely to demand more of the server.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, but I suggest that you visit the Plex forums for further advice.
#25
Thanks a lot for your replies Khaiyan and fishmaster. your insight is much appreciated at the mo, as I'm ready to plunge into the world.

Quite like a bit of tinkering, so maybe the pi is for me at the mo. Although i have a spare 64gb SSD card so could wait and buy a Intel NUC. Hmmm, i'll get there in the end

Have any of you seen this new VidOn Box that can be ordered from the 20th of this month... they're saying it'll be $49 for a Quad core box.

VidOn Box

Allwinner A31s ARM Cortex™-A7 Quad-core CPU
PowerVR™ SGX544MP2 Eight-Core GPU
1GB DDR3 RAM
8GB Flash

Android 4.4
Black Immersion Gold Board Manufacturing Process

Interfaces:
Optical Audio
HDMI 1.4
USB 2.0 X 2
Standard RJ45
DC Jack

Network Connection
WiFi:IEEE 802.11b/g/n
10/100 Ethernet
#26
tommytbone1
Thanks a lot for your replies Khaiyan and fishmaster. your insight is much appreciated at the mo, as I'm ready to plunge into the world.

Quite like a bit of tinkering, so maybe the pi is for me at the mo. Although i have a spare 64gb SSD card so could wait and buy a Intel NUC. Hmmm, i'll get there in the end

Have any of you seen this new VidOn Box that can be ordered from the 20th of this month... they're saying it'll be $49 for a Quad core box.

VidOn Box

Allwinner A31s ARM Cortex™-A7 Quad-core CPU
PowerVR™ SGX544MP2 Eight-Core GPU
1GB DDR3 RAM
8GB Flash

Android 4.4
Black Immersion Gold Board Manufacturing Process

Interfaces:
Optical Audio
HDMI 1.4
USB 2.0 X 2
Standard RJ45
DC Jack

Network Connection
WiFi:IEEE 802.11b/g/n
10/100 Ethernet

Allwinner have a bad reputation for not providing support that is needed for products like XBMC to enable hardware accelerated video decoding.
#27
Hot but these days I'd prefer something like banana pi...
#28
tommytbone1
Thanks a lot for your replies Khaiyan and fishmaster. your insight is much appreciated at the mo, as I'm ready to plunge into the world.

Quite like a bit of tinkering, so maybe the pi is for me at the mo. Although i have a spare 64gb SSD card so could wait and buy a Intel NUC. Hmmm, i'll get there in the end

Have any of you seen this new VidOn Box that can be ordered from the 20th of this month... they're saying it'll be $49 for a Quad core box.

VidOn Box

Allwinner A31s ARM Cortex™-A7 Quad-core CPU
PowerVR™ SGX544MP2 Eight-Core GPU
1GB DDR3 RAM
8GB Flash

Android 4.4
Black Immersion Gold Board Manufacturing Process

Interfaces:
Optical Audio
HDMI 1.4
USB 2.0 X 2
Standard RJ45
DC Jack

Network Connection
WiFi:IEEE 802.11b/g/n
10/100 Ethernet

Nope it's AllWinner SOC so don't bother.

You could try Odroid U3 but it's not as well supported as the Pi.

Why are you resisting the Rasp Pi? It has the support and does 1080p playback. Also if you buy the Pi then get the recently released B+ model for a few £ more than this deal.

Edited By: fishmaster on Aug 04, 2014 23:55
#29
Thanks for the share
banned#30
Expensive bit of junk.
#31
Yeah, Pi it is, cheer Fishmaster.
#32
lolyehright
Expensive bit of junk.

Care to expand? £23 plus a few extra bits if you don't have them already, lets say total price of £40 - and no longer paying Sky £60 odd quid per month... I wouldnt call that expensive junk..
#33
another thing Pi has in its favour not mentioned above is HDMI CEC so if your TV supports it you can control xbmc via TV remote
#34
The price has gone up to £25.95 - but the price with the clear case has stayed the same oddly

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