Want a Raspberry Pi-powered PC?
You can buy a case that will turn your Pi into a desktop for $51.59.
Premier Farnell the manufactures of the Pi has developed a case that give you a lot a what is needed to turn your Pi into a Pi-based PC.
As long as you’re not expecting a miracle it’s possible to run the latest Raspberry Pi as a desktop PC.
Being that the Pi 3 is a bare bones board. You will have to buy a case and other peripherals to accomplish this.
With the new case that Premier Farnell has released it’s now possible for you to do. The case includes a real-time clock, an mSATA solid-state drive interface, heat sink, and a power switch, with support for an optional camera.
You will still have to supply the solid state drive and the Pi board, which will probably bring the cost to at least $135 without other peripherals you might want to add.
The Pi 3 comes with four USB ports, albeit 2.0 rather than 3.0, and a HDMI port for hooking up the computer to a monitor, as well as built-in support for Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11n Wi-Fi which is needed for a desktop PC.
The new Pi Desktop has support for a 1TB hard drive and can be booted from the SSD that speeds up the system a lot.
When the Pi 3 was reviewed last year it was found to work as desktop reasonably well with just a few tweaks.
The Pi Desktop is priced at $51.59 and the Pi 3 $35 for a total of $86.59 plus tax.
The Raspberry Pi has been a big success since its release in 2012 being geared as a low-cost board for helping kids learn how to code and has sold more than 12 million Pi boards.
The Pi Desktop is available here, and is expected to ship in June.