Best starter microcontroller for project?
My last question was a bit ambitious, so I decided to restart with some more info.
The project requires: (8) LED; (9)Toggle Switches; (2) Variable Resistors;  Relay (20 total)
I'm new to this whole thing so I don't know which controller to choose. I did a bit of research, and I think the arduino will do what I need it to. But I don't know if the ATmega168 can be used without the board. (I need about 5 units). Will the arduino suit my needs? Or is there something better out there?