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Sorry if this is a wrong place for it but I figured id rather have it moved from a General Discussion where any topic can work rather than put it in a place where it shouldn't be.

I've always been into hardware but the initial start up to really get into it was always just too much for me. Now that I'm looking around, though, it seems like I am able to generally afford stuff. And so I've been on Sparkfun looking into Arduinos, Kits, etc. to determine what I want for around $100 (Although less it always good).

And so I have a few questions:
1. What are some general things I should have just to get started and mess around a bit? I don't have a project in mind at the moment so I just want enough to experiment some.
2. I understand the differences between the SMD and the PTH version of an Uno, but what end result does it put to me?
3. Am I aiming too low or high with a budget of $100? Can I go lower or is it not high enough to realistically get started?

Hopefully with your answers, I can pick a kit or get the parts for starting out.

Thank you,

I started with that sparkfun kit (well, the oomlout version) and it was great.
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Well I have decided on getting http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/10-arduino-duemilanove-compatible-starter-kit.html as it comes with a DIP Socket Uno. I'll probably get another component or two such as a 7 segment but does that look good?
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Well I have decided on getting http://www.earthshineelectronics.com/10-arduino-duemilanove-compatible-starter-kit.html as it comes with a DIP Socket Uno. I'll probably get another component or two such as a 7 segment but does that look good?

His Beginning Arduio book is very good; http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,50214.0.html
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Well earthshine's site lieks to break on me so I am looking elsewhere. So now I am down to 2 kits: http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MSBUN16 or http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MSAPK ?

I'm going to go though each to find exact differences but are there any opening remarks?
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