In the spirit of a nice afternoon project, I’d encourage you to use what’s laying around if it’s close to the specs here. But if you’re going to buy all these parts ahead of time like I do, hopefully it will help to use the product links below. While I love Amazon, please try and support great suppliers like Adafruit, who have a great forum community, customer service and tutorial section!
Raspberry Pi Model B (Although a Model A might work, it wasn’t used for this build.) Get it from Adafruit or Amazon.
5VDC USB Power Supply (For some reason, I had 2 of these in the bottom of a box, but this one would work great too.)
16GB SDHC Memory Card (I used this one, but feel free to use whatever you have laying around- this tutorial might not work with smaller density cards, so beware.)
HDMI Monitor and HDMI Cable (I happen to have this one, but anyone should do.)
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