Raspberry Pi Model 3 B Motherboard - £25.48 (with code) @ Gearbest
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Raspberry Pi Model 3 B Motherboard - £25.48 (with code) @ Gearbest

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Found 10th Sep 2017
Been tempted by one of these for a while. £27.02 but code RPi3ESV brings down to 25.48.
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umirza851 h, 13 m ago

Problem with these and why improve the new (or older) pi Zeros is that …Problem with these and why improve the new (or older) pi Zeros is that people don't realise how powerful these really are. Always saddens me to see people following tutorials to put the pi3 into a project to turn on a lightbulb. To put this into perspective for anyone new to the pie I am using a pie to run an arcade cabinet, along with openhab for my house.....and I'm sure I could do a few other things with it.


You should be very glad when you see anyone willing to learn to anything with a Pi. Do you expect anyone to start by doing something terribly complex?

This sort of snobbish attitude is what turns some away from even bothering in the first place.
I believe there are UK made and Asia made Raspberry Pi's, I'd rather buy from a UK seller anyway for warranty and peace of mind.
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Does anyone know if they be releasing a new board soon ( Pi 4 )?
CosmicAero4 m ago

Does anyone know if they be releasing a new board soon ( Pi 4 )?


No, they won't be doing that soon, and of course it's possible I wouldn't know if they were
Are these legit or Chinese copies?
For anyone wondering why they need one of these. Here's a link to a good article on Pi uses

pcworld.com/art…tml
kencol49 s ago

Are these legit or Chinese copies?


i'd also like to know this seeing as it is GearBest
Never had anything fake from Gearbest
Took a risk and Bought a Xiaomi mi5s recently from them for over £200. Totally genuine and verified
Edited by: "jrh_1979" 10th Sep 2017
gearbest seem to be quite quick on deliveries now. ordered an Arduino starter kit and keep within 2 weeks
i dont have the best opinion of gearbest anyways, but how are they selling legit raspberry pi 3 b's at a lower price than uk suppliers?
I believe there are UK made and Asia made Raspberry Pi's, I'd rather buy from a UK seller anyway for warranty and peace of mind.
mcek6 m ago

I believe there are UK made and Asia made Raspberry Pi's, I'd rather buy …I believe there are UK made and Asia made Raspberry Pi's, I'd rather buy from a UK seller anyway for warranty and peace of mind.


raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/201…on/
jrh_197916 m ago

https://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2012/09/checking-your-raspberry-pi-board-version/


Exactly, and I'd like the Sony factory to have their slice of the Pi market
jrh_19791 h, 24 m ago

Never had anything fake from Gearbest


the only thing i've ever bought from GearBest was fake Xiaomi
josh97137 m ago

the only thing i've ever bought from GearBest was fake Xiaomi


How do you know if something is fake?
I like to think I'm up to date with technology but embarrassingly I have no idea what to do with this..... 😳
cargill856 m ago

I like to think I'm up to date with technology but embarrassingly I have …I like to think I'm up to date with technology but embarrassingly I have no idea what to do with this..... 😳


Check the first link above. Can be used for a bit of fun (old computer/console emulator) or more serious uses (servers/streaming etc)
I'm making a magic mirror as a Christmas present currently, a few months of relearning some coding will hopefully work out in the end. The possibilities are endless, for some simpler things though the pi3 is overkill, the pi nano I think it's called is great for simpler diy uses like sensors etc as simple replacements for things like nest heating.
Was reading recently that someone has integrated Alexa into one as well but not looked into that myself
cargill8558 m ago

I like to think I'm up to date with technology but embarrassingly I have …I like to think I'm up to date with technology but embarrassingly I have no idea what to do with this..... 😳


It's basically a mini computer that you can do a variety of things with. You could load an operation system on to it, or use it as a media player (plex, Kodi) the list is long.
Problem with these and why i love the new (or older) pi Zeros is that people don't realise how powerful these really are. Always saddens me to see people following tutorials to put the pi3 into a project to turn on a lightbulb.

To put this into perspective for anyone new to the pie I am using a pie to run an arcade cabinet, along with openhab for my house.....and I'm sure I could do a few other things with it.
Edited by: "umirza85" 11th Sep 2017
umirza851 h, 13 m ago

Problem with these and why improve the new (or older) pi Zeros is that …Problem with these and why improve the new (or older) pi Zeros is that people don't realise how powerful these really are. Always saddens me to see people following tutorials to put the pi3 into a project to turn on a lightbulb. To put this into perspective for anyone new to the pie I am using a pie to run an arcade cabinet, along with openhab for my house.....and I'm sure I could do a few other things with it.


You should be very glad when you see anyone willing to learn to anything with a Pi. Do you expect anyone to start by doing something terribly complex?

This sort of snobbish attitude is what turns some away from even bothering in the first place.
I remember buying one and I tried and tried and it just didn't work I ended up giving it away to my nephew. Back when I bought it I also bought an early Android box Mk808b plus. I've seriously modded the Mk808b plus with a new Wi-Fi antenna as the original looked like a bit of heroine chasing leftovers and I also slapped it into the spare raspberry pi case I had. Plus I just managed to install openelec on the Mk808b plus and it runs superb....
cargill8514 h, 7 m ago

I like to think I'm up to date with technology but embarrassingly I have …I like to think I'm up to date with technology but embarrassingly I have no idea what to do with this..... 😳

My RPI1 is now an ADS-B receiver tracking planes overhead, I've got two RPI3's - one is a combined VPN, MQTT and PiHole (Ad free DNS) server, the other is a Google Home with the AIY kit. Oh and two RPI Zero W's with cameras as outdoor CCTV servers. Good kit!
Edited by: "BungalowBill" 11th Sep 2017
BungalowBill1 h, 19 m ago

​My RPI1 is now an ADS-B receiver tracking planes overhead, I've got two R …​My RPI1 is now an ADS-B receiver tracking planes overhead, I've got two RPI3's - one is a combined VPN, MQTT and PiHole (Ad free DNS) server, the other is a Google Home with the AIY kit. Oh and two RPI Nano W's with cameras as outdoor CCTV servers. Good kit!


I'm looking at using a Pi Zero W for a dump1090 project, what antenna do you use? And is an old Model B good enough for processing the data?
joey135210 h, 16 m ago

I'm making a magic mirror as a Christmas present currently, a few months …I'm making a magic mirror as a Christmas present currently, a few months of relearning some coding will hopefully work out in the end. The possibilities are endless, for some simpler things though the pi3 is overkill, the pi nano I think it's called is great for simpler diy uses like sensors etc as simple replacements for things like nest heating.Was reading recently that someone has integrated Alexa into one as well but not looked into that myself



That's very nice exciting.

Would you mind signposting to places where to start as I would love to do this but am a complete noob
Syferus7 h, 45 m ago

You should be very glad when you see anyone willing to learn to anything …You should be very glad when you see anyone willing to learn to anything with a Pi. Do you expect anyone to start by doing something terribly complex? This sort of snobbish attitude is what turns some away from even bothering in the first place.


I'm not sure where I was putting down people learning..... Sort of sounds like I was praising the new pi Zeros and giving people another option. Calm down there buddy.
UK model is made at the Sony Factory in Pencoed, South Wales.
your only saving £7 to wait for it to come from china etc, doesn't seem like a deal
rambobambo2 h, 32 m ago

That's very nice exciting.Would you mind signposting to places where to …That's very nice exciting.Would you mind signposting to places where to start as I would love to do this but am a complete noob


Same here in all honesty, though thankfully I have a little background in programming and electronics so keen to get stuck in. Just ordered my pi so will start programming on it before building the frame around it.
a decent guide is here for the simple stuff
Magazine how to guide

and have a look here at some of the prebuilt modules to make it more complex
Magic mirror source code community

drop me a pm when you get started would be interested to see how they turn out
I use mine as a development server. It works really well. It's nice to have a simple Linux box you can just experiment with. If anything goes wrong you can just reformat SD Card.
These must be fake, are they exported from Wales to china then back again at a lower cost?
The Rasperry Pi folks call it a Single-board computer which describes it better than motherboard
Edited by: "mutav" 11th Sep 2017
Somethings not right. Thought these were made on the UK.
mcek4 h, 6 m ago

I'm looking at using a Pi Zero W for a dump1090 project, what antenna do …I'm looking at using a Pi Zero W for a dump1090 project, what antenna do you use? And is an old Model B good enough for processing the data?



I built a Cantenna - adsbexchange.com/for…nt/

With this USB tuner - amzn.eu/ddO…v2i

And I am using the original Raspberry Pi 1 Model B and it is more than capable. I did need a powered USB hub to get enough power to the tuner.

I am using the pre-built PiAware. This is the live output I am getting from it from the Cantenna in my loft:

31949785-ILQzr.jpg
Good entry-level enthusiast project IMO.
mikesloper1 h, 2 m ago

Somethings not right. Thought these were made on the UK.

I thought they were made under* the UK.
Motherboard? It's a whole PC so there's some RAM, GPU, audio and network stuff on there too. If you only receive a motherboard, you've got a broken Raspberry Pi.

mikesloper1 h, 2 m ago

Somethings not right. Thought these were made on the UK.





jamesdew1 h, 6 m ago

These must be fake, are they exported from Wales to china then back again …These must be fake, are they exported from Wales to china then back again at a lower cost?



Some are made in China, especially during times of high demand in the UK. The ones that come from RS Components (an official reseller) are generally made in China. So there's nothing wrong with them being made in China, but with Gearbest not being an official reseller I would advise to check it over thoroughly when it arrives to make sure it is genuine. As far as I've heard there aren't any fake/clone Pis yet but I would definitely be checking to make sure all the components are the right chipsets, etc.

umirza8513 h, 13 m ago

Problem with these and why i love the new (or older) pi Zeros is that …Problem with these and why i love the new (or older) pi Zeros is that people don't realise how powerful these really are. Always saddens me to see people following tutorials to put the pi3 into a project to turn on a lightbulb. To put this into perspective for anyone new to the pie I am using a pie to run an arcade cabinet, along with openhab for my house.....and I'm sure I could do a few other things with it.



They were made primarily for educational purposes, so following a tutorial to use one to turn on a lightbulb is a perfectly valid use. The first thing I ever used mine for was turning an LED on/off. Then I learned how to turn it on/off via a transistor. Then I figured out how to do that over a local network, then securely over the internet. Now I've got a Pi Zero in my coffee machine so I can switch it on from my phone when I'm on my way home.
Building up a little bartop at moe too so great timing..Heat!
Do you pay Import Tax on these?
piman6717 m ago

Do you pay Import Tax on these?


Highly unlikely
I see a few what can you do with it comments. A lot. Some of the easy/fun projects are below.

1) You can use it as an old games console to play games like Mario, Contra etc. retropie.org.uk
2) You can use it to block ads completely on your wifi. see pi-hole.net/
3) You can run XBMC on it, Plex on it and add a hard drive for a cheap NAS + Media solution. (Stick it behind the TV)
4) Run openhab on it with google assistant. (hey google, turn my lights on) openhab.org/
I have four Pis - I use two as KODI/XBMC players, one as an experimental/prototype platform and one as a mini-server that does file serving, downloading and MQTT message handling.
For those wanting to explore Linux systems management and configuration - this is a good segue as it's much simpler infrastructure. The lack of complicated hardware is a big bonus and the gear that is in there is well documented, well supported and there's usually a good tutorial to get from A->B: you can come up with an idea and pursue it in a practical sense. Raspbian is based on Debian which is a good distro to learn as it's favoured by a lot of embedded systems.
Given its very low power consumption - you can use that to your advantage, for example I task it with downloading large files (e.g. multi-gigabyte ISO files) in the background. You can bounce your main PC, shut it down, put it to sleep, etc. - and your download continues in the background chewing < 800mw of power (depending on config). Compare that to a main PC left on overnight to do the same thing - probably pulling 200w+ at the wall.
The GPIO pins have some curious uses too - for example by installing a program and putting a single wire onto one of the pins you can actually set up an FM transmitter that can be picked up by FM radios in your house, this lets you broadcast MP3s and other things - basically at zero cost. I was surprised how well that worked actually.
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