=== 02/04/18 ===
Wow... Thank you PCPP so much for the feature! I feel honored and truly appreciate it. Thank you.
This little computer was fun to work on. Costs were under a hundred dollars ($67) to assemble this as a mini-desktop. It's a perfect solution for those who use a desktop computer for the very basic needs, but cannot afford much right now. Even if someone needed peripherals, a cheap monitor and a USB media card reader it keeps the costs under $200. It can also be something really fun to work on since there are many possibilities to do with a Raspberry Pi!
An OS to get started with a desktop environment would be Raspbian. It offers the user to surf the internet or watching videos (Chromium), office applications (Office Libre), basic programming like Python, Java and much more. It also provides some python games and even Minecraft Pi Edition.
Originally I was going to experiment this in my Spring Semester 2018, but there weren't enough classmates that were interested to work on a Raspberry Pi. So at the meantime, I'll work on this cute little computer for fun when time is available.
YouTube Video: Building a Raspberry Pi 3 (Quick Log)
|CPU||Broadcom BCM2837 64Bit Quad Core Processor [Turbos] @ 1.2 GHz|
|Motherboard||Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Motherboard|
|Memory||1GB SDRAM @ 400 MHz|
|USB||4x 2.0 USB Ports|
|Max Power||2.5A @ 5V|
|WiFi||Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth|
|Purpose||Min. Wattage||Max Wattage|
|Minecraft Pi Edition||2.0w||2.5w|
|Surfing the Internet||2.0w||3.9w|
Redundant on my end, it's very cute and fun to work on. This little guy already comes together with a CPU, GPU, RAM with a variety of ports and connections. This particular Model B motherboard comes with a built-in WiFi and Bluetooth which is pretty sweet. Only an HDMI and though the resolution of 1920x1080 is available, it doesn't work. So stick with the default screen resolution or something close to 720p. It's also great this little motherboard comes with four 2.0 USBs and an Ethernet port.
So far I seen about 30° C when cold booted and around 33~41° C depending on the Python games and Minecraft Pi. The most heat I ever seen so far was playing some classic games from NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, N64, and Playstation: 48~54° C. (This is subjective for everyone's experiences but I believe it helps a lot to have a fan and some heatsinks plus if you keep your room cool it helps a step further).
This was cheap and offers plenty of storage. I cannot complain for spending $12 here and it was truly a breeze burning the OS image with Etcher into the MicroSD, but with my 3.0 USB Media Card Reader of course! If you need to save a few extra dollars than 16GB is workable too, but I think 32GB or 64GB is best to aim for. About 23.7GB remains available after burning Raspbian into the MicroSD.
Here is RetroPie for those that may be interested to know about the process.
Wow, did I feel like a dumbfounded fool here the most. It took me sometime to remember and reconfigure this 9 layer case back together. Not a problem disassembling, but when I did it the other way around... oh my goodness! Third-time was the charm to get it right. I left some photos on here to give an idea of what the order is when reassembling the case with the motherboard.
However, I do like the case fan because I cannot a hear thing. I set my case fan to 3.3v format, but I also have a photo to show what 5.0v is too in case others may want more air blowing into the case.
And about the power supply, it's nice to have a switch that turns ON and OFF. Though sometimes my Raspberry Pi 3 doesn't fully shutdown either so I end up having to use the switch to turn it off. I prefer a full shutdown so I'll need to figure out what's going on. Regardless, it's pretty handy and a nice feature to have.
I do love the appearance of this case. I would work with it again if someone else needed a basic desktop computer for under $100.
I am easily entertained by what the Raspberry Pi 3 can do. The options of what you can do with them is cool I think. The monitor and peripherals do work with no issues, just make sure to change the keyboard layout, and language in general if you are from a different country.
I normally talk about my additional items, peripherals or other parts, but I'll be brief here: The 10" monitor, and this Logitech keyboard and mouse were plug and play ready for a Raspberry Pi 3. Very happy they work and will yak about the monitor and peripherals in the future. My part list should have hyperlinks for these and the other items listed here.
Thank you for reading my description. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, and constructive criticism. I’ll correct any mistakes, typos, or if I've forgotten to mention something.