ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - Case Compatability

So I'm a bit confused.

I don't if that it's I don't know how to understand what I have read or that I am not looking in the right places or that I'm just not connecting the dots.

My issue is that the Z77 has both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports on the back, however what I have been reading is that it will only be able to utilize the USB 3.0 on a cases front panel i.e. the USB's that are manufactured/stuck in the front of the case.

Do I have to purchase a case with only USB 3.0 in the front to make use of them or is there any way (aside from any DIY hacking/sawing or even replacement kits offered by the case manufacturer) that I would be able to use the front panel USB 2.0's?

I'm asking because a lot of cases offer both USB 3.0 and 2.0 on the front and I would like to utilize both.

I am looking for a cheap case which is why I am running into this problem. $50 is almost too much (was supposed to be a $500 budget pc) but I am willing to go there. I was originally aiming for <$30 but that seemed a little impossible since I also wanted a tried and true reliable case. If the Z77 can only utilize USB 3.0 then that is what I am looking at (explanations on why I cannot connect them would be welcome too, I am very curious and the info could definitely help down the road.)

Here is my build so far (attempting to play GW2 at a fairly high frame rate in PvE/towns at full specs (-anti aliasing) and Warframe at full specs):

CPU: i5-3570K
MB : ASRock Z77 Extreme4
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8gb
GPU: EVGA GTX 650 Ti Boost
PSU: Corsair CX600

I have an HDD already. Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200 but I have no clue if the parts above have the right connectors.

I'd also appreciate any other comments on ways to make this build cheaper/more effective for my intended use as this is my first time ever building a PC. Just super curious and trying to make this thing work!
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    Your board has both several USB 2.0 headers and a USB 3.0 header that can be used for front panel connectors, so you can use both or either depending on what your case has on the front panel or some adapter that you could add in a 5.25 front slot.

    Your other parts are compatible with one another and your motherboard comes with a couple SATA data cables.

    $30 is not impossible for a case if you can do a Newegg rebate, look at THIS ONE. Newegg has always been reliable on rebates in my experience.
  2. Perfect! Thank you so much!

    It appears then that any case would do the job then. Let me know if I have too much wattage or any other things that could be replaced for a cheaper price. I chose this specific mobo because I can OC it in the future when I need to stay competitive. I know that my PSU may not support it but that'll be 5 years down the road so if I need to put in another $150 or so for a new PSU and some fans that's just fine.
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