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Raspberry Pi 3 B+ hardware setup

This tutorial will guide you to setup the hardware components on your Raspberry Pi. After having completed this tutorial, your Raspberry Pi is equipped with all the basic components and you are ready to install the operating system.


Be sure to have prepared following components:

  • 2 heatsinks (optional)
  • Raspberry Pi case
  • USB keyboard
  • USB mouse
  • micro-SD card (already preloaded with NOOBS or an OS)
  • HDMI cable connected to a monitor or TV (supporting HDMI video)
  • ethernet cable to connect to your LAN (optional)
  • 5V power supply with micro-USB plug (make sure it’s powerful enough ex.: 2500mA)

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Raspberry Pi 3 B+ layout

Placing the heatsinks

Start to place the heatsinks onto the board. If you’re not sure how to do it, have a quick look at our tutorial “Placing the heatsinks on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+”.

Place the board into the case

Now the heatsinks are placed, it’s the right moment to mount your board into your preferred case.

Insert the micro SD card

For optimal performance, we recommend a class 10 card with a minimum of 8GB of storage capacity.
Make sure your card has been preloaded with noobs or any compatible OS.
Simply place the micro card into the SD card slot on the Raspberry Pi as shown in the figure below. If your board is already mounted into a case, the case should not hinder the placement or retrieving of the SD card.

Connect mouse, keyboard & display

Plug your keyboard and mouse into the USB ports on the Raspberry Pi.
And connect your HDMI cable from your Raspberry Pi to your monitor or TV.

Network connection (optional)

Plug the ethernet cable into the Ethernet port.

Plug in the power supply

If you’re sure all components are connected and the micro SD card has been inserted, you can plug in the micro USB plug from the power supply.
This action will boot your Raspberry Pi!
In the next tutorial “Raspberry Pi first start” we will see how we can install the OS.

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