I have been working on this project for sometime now. It involves a Raspberry Pi 3, a strand of addressable LEDs, and some other components. I will upload a video shortly of the project as it stands in a little bit and provide a list of components that I used. I will also post the source code so if anyone else is having problems like I did they can easily take a look at the code and see what I did to resolve the issue.

List of Components:

  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • PiBow Ninja Case
  • Adafruit DotStar Digital LED Strip (1m and 5m strands)
  • HDMI 7" 800x480 Display Backpack - With Touchscreen
  • 5V 10A switching power suplly
  • 4700 uF 10v Electrolytic Capacitor
  • 2.1mm female/male barrel jack extension cable - 5ft
  • Female DC Power adapter - 2.1mm jack to screw terminal
  • Through-Hole Resistors - 470 ohm 5% 1/4W
  • 4-pin JST SM Plug + Receptacle Cable Set
  • Heat Shrink
  • Stranded-Core Wire Spool (Blue, Orange, Black, Red)

I used the 1m strand of LEDs for testing purposes leaving the 5m strand for my final project. The final project is to run the LEDs around my office cubicle to indicate my availability in the office (if I am in my office or on the phone...etc).

All of the materials I was able to purchase from Adafruit. The website and forums are a great resource for all the electronic parts and pieces needed for this project. The forums are a great resource for other makers to ask and answer questions about their project that they are working on.

To put all my new hardware, I went with the Lian Li PC-K65 Black Aluminum Mid-Tower computer case. It is now discontinued from Lian Li. The case is actually sold under LanCool, which is Lian Li''s "budget" case line. It might be "budget" but it packs a lot of high end features.

The case offers tool-less, removable hdd chassis, a great cable management system and plenty of fans for great air flow.

The feature that I like the most is the cable management system. Paired with the module power supply, this system makes the inside of the computer very tidy and neat looking. With the cables managed the way they are, the air flow is great. The air that is being forces out of the case is very cool even under heavy load, the air temperature is very cool compared to other computers I have built.

Just a nice case over all. The only complaint that I have is that I wish that the case was also black on the inside, but I was looking for a decent case on the cheap and this Lian Li case fit the bill.

Like I said in a previous review of the MSI motherboard in my most recent computer build, this is my first computer in roughly 8 years. I had to do a little more research since being out of the computer hardware market for so long. I read reviews after reviews and talked with friends to see what was the "best" out there. Eventually I decided on this processor.

I was not going to use the computer for gaming or overclocking so I did not get the "K" version of the processor. I just needed a stable and reliable processor that will be used for day to day tasks and potentially my media server. With the processor and integrated video card, there has not been a problem with performance for the couple weeks that I have been using the computer.

To power my most recent computer, I decided to go along with the Corsair CXM 750 watt power supply. It is a modular power supply, which keeps the cables to a minimum in the case to help with air flow and in general just a cleaner look. It is also Haswell Ready, I was going to get a lower watt power supply in the same series, but they were not "Haswell Ready" and the reviews did show some issues with the computer not coming back from sleep correctly.

Other then that, not much more to review about it, it just works, modular design, quite operation, and Haswell Ready.

Continuing my reviews for the hardware that went into my most recent computer build. The Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) module pairs are great. I don''t know why I would with any other company for memory modules. These modules are rock solid.

I installed them, booted the computer up for the first time and the computer did not boot. I took each pair out and booted up the computer one pair at a time and all 4 sticks worked. One of the modules might not have been seated correctly. But after reseating everything, the computer booted up. The motherboard detected all the memory and at the correct speed.

It might not be the fastest memory out there compared to the OC counterparts, but I was not looking for the fastest. I was looking for stable and reliable. The computer will not be used for gaming, it will be used as the day to day computer / media server.