Originally Posted by showmaster
Please post a model number for the Arduino board to start with and I'll order it. I live in the US and see many sources but got confused with all the options for sale.
I can use XP or win7 pro as a OS?
I think the Arduino Pro Mini 16hz 5V is a good choice. you can chain it to the receiver as it's compatible with 5V and won't have to stepup or down voltage to get working. This one is available on many electronic sites. Sparkfun is my favorite place for already assembled boards.
Code is available for all other projects. you just have to grab, modify or inspire yourself of it.
OS independent. you can use them all. Alla what you'll be needing is an FTDI cable (5V) and some pinouts to get an easy pin up/out boards. they are available on the same site.