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Cheap microcontroller? Answered

I'm looking for a cheap microcontroller that i can use to control at least 3 led's. All they have to do is flash very quickly at different speeds. I dont have any experience with microcontrollers but i do have limited programming knowledge. Suggestions?

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Easy one. I just bought an msp430 from ti for 4.30$

Best documentation and path of fastest success is from a PICAXE chip. Revolution Education, UK. Go there and download the free manual. Buy a chip or three for $10.00. It's also the cheapest way to start. No programmer is needed. All you need is a serial cable (you can hack the old cord off any old serial device, like a mouse or old palm pilot dock, etc.) They're a lot of fun. You can migrate to the harder core stuff from there.