Arduino Serial - How do I start?

Hi, Ive bought an arduino serial PCB,added all components,inserted a blank ATmega328P chip,and connected up my USB-to-Serial to the PC. What do I do to get Started? Also,I dont want to make it an Arduino permanently...I still want to play around with it like an AVR.

Please guide me,I'm completely new to all this.

A blank AVR doesn't have the Arduino boot-loader. To get one of those into the device, you'll need a an ICSP (In-Circuit Serial Programmer), or build one from another Arduino.

But till i get my hands on an ICSP,i can use it like any other avr,rite?

But till i get my hands on an ICSP,i can use it like any other avr,rite?

If all you've got is a blank AVR (no bootloader), without an ICSP there's not a lot you can use it for.