QUOTE(punktilend @ Aug 29 2007, 07:13 PM)
i was also wondering if there is any type of tutorial for flashing the chip once i have the stuff for it?
the process for flashing the chip differs from programmer to programmer and changes depending on the software you use to flash it. So once you buy (or build) a programmer and find software that's compatible with your programmer you should look up instructions for that.
it's pretty damn easy though. I have a USB programmer from microchip themselves (it's an expensive $50 one) and it came with it's own software.
I basically stick the chip in the programmer, plug the programmer in, open the software, File->open the .hex firmware file and then click the big "WRITE" button
a status bar will pop up and let me know when it's done (usually takes about 3 seconds).
I would imagine it's not much different with other programmers/software.