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Old 09-19-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Raspberry Pi B w/ Billet Case

I finally gave in and grabbed a B board and one of these sweet integrated heatsink billet Al cases. Can't wait for it to get here lol.





Anyone have any experience or input on these? They seem cool and I always wanted a Linux PC to tool around on, but didn't want to dual boot or build a full size specifically for it.

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No one has used one of these?

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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They're still a bit tricky to get. I've been thinking about getting one for a while.

The downside is that the RasbianOS distro of linux they use isn't nearly as user friendly as, say, an Ubuntu is out of the necessity of running on such a low end platform (It's roughly the power of an original iPhone but with more RAM and a better GPU).

Let us know how your experiences go!
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:18 PM   #3
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They're still a bit tricky to get. I've been thinking about getting one for a while.

The downside is that the RasbianOS distro of linux they use isn't nearly as user friendly as, say, an Ubuntu is out of the necessity of running on such a low end platform (It's roughly the power of an original iPhone but with more RAM and a better GPU).

Let us know how your experiences go!
I found a site today in Indiana that has over 100 units in stock. Shipped today, a couple hours after ordering. I can't imagine it's too hard, I loved working with Linux, but it's a Windows world. Ubuntu is easy, probably not much harder than Redhat and can't be as hard as Gentoo. Certainly not worse than Snort lmao. I thought it'd be nice to have a PC so to speak I can throw in a pocket.

Also, the new update enables OC to 1000 or higher. I'll try my luck at OCing it. lol

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:58 PM   #4
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That case looks awesome!
I've wanted a pi for a while now, it's just that I don't really have a use for it... just a toy for tinkering around with. :P
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That case looks awesome!
I've wanted a pi for a while now, it's just that I don't really have a use for it... just a toy for tinkering around with. :P
It's $35, don't eat out ONCE this month lol. Some people are able to get 1200Hz with 1.35v. With the case, it should keep it under 85C no problem.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
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It's $35, don't eat out ONCE this month lol. Some people are able to get 1200Hz with 1.35v. With the case, it should keep it under 85C no problem.
Haha, good point. I've been in the same boat as you. Wanted to tinker around with Linux, but just didn't want to do it on working systems.

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Dang, that case is 70 bucks! If I do get a pi, I'm printing out my own case


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Old 09-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #7
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Haha, good point. I've been in the same boat as you. Wanted to tinker around with Linux, but just didn't want to do it on working systems.

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Dang, that case is 70 bucks! If I do get a pi, I'm printing out my own case

Yeah it's a one off, but it's the only one I liked lol. And it's a giant HS. Besides, $70 is a lot less than the $300-400 I spend on my full size cases!

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Here's a helpful nudge:

http://www.newark.com/raspberry-pi/r...whereElse_None

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Also ordered a micro wifi dongle, a RF keyboard/touchpad, and some cables for it.

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Old 09-19-2012, 11:49 PM   #8
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How did I not know about these.... I have to say I will most likely get on in the near future. Thank you for posting about this!
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:42 AM   #9
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Did you use the 20% off code from element14 when you bought too?
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:43 AM   #10
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Code? I missed that... Lol
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #11
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The 20% off code from element14.

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Old 09-20-2012, 09:49 AM   #12
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Booooo!

Oh well, $7.00 I'll live.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:01 PM   #13
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Ouu a coupon, guess I'm buying it tonight when I get home :P
Still depends if shipping Canada is too high though :/
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:44 PM   #14
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Well, I played with it today after it arrived and I found myself engrossed for about 3 hours tinkering around and having found memories of Linux. It's honestly very easy to use and legit for web browsing and word processing. Has issues keeping up with larger videos files, will see what I can get to run on it smoothly. More to come when the case comes in etc.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:59 PM   #15
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I have to struggle against grabbing one to have fun with. Not sure what I would do with it to be honest. Maybe a file and printer server. Also thought of dumping Android on one, but Im not sure how it would work without touch... not sure how useful it would be too. lol

Also never really used Linux, thatd be a pain to learn...
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:24 PM   #16
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Giving overclocking a go, 1100/500/500 so far. Won't boot past 1100 cpu at v level 6. Working on ram and gpu now.

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1075/550/500 right now lol It's kind of weird oc-ing via config.txt file. Each parameter is a command line command with a value, and you have to google the commands lol.

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I need to find a mico usb charger with more power. I can only get up to 1A out of mine. Requirement is 750-1200mA without oc-ing...

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:14 AM   #17
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A couple of the guys at work have them, I had 2 on preorder but when the e-mails came through to 'buy now' I cancelled both.

The one across the desk from me runs Linux pretty nicely and doesn't seem to have much issue playing 1080p movies.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:13 PM   #18
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That metal case is awesome! I need to get one of those for mine!

I have Raspbmc running on mine. A breeze to install and runs xbmc great. It is an interesting experience though. CPU is always around 75% usage (even idle) and the GUI is somewhat laggy I am sure because of that. But when you play 720p/1080p movies it runs smooth as butter.

Way better HTPC then the x360 is. Used it to replace it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:34 PM   #19
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Came today, cut my load temps from 60ish to 40ish:

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Man dude, that is just way too expensive for that case. :-(

Might just settle for the .pdf printout.
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