TIME SENSITIVE: Mobo has USB 3.0 non-internal but Case has USB 3.0 front panel & Mobo has Sata 3Gb/s but HDD is 6Gb/s

I just ordered all parts for my PC but realized that I had overlooked one thing. The case I ordered, the Cougar Spike, has 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 front panel ports, while the mobo I ordered, the ASUS M5A78L-M USB/3, has 2 USB 3.0 ports rear panel ports (not headers), and 4 USB 2.0 rear panel.


How can I connect the USB 3.0 rear panel of the MOBO to the one USB 3.0 front panel port on the case? I found this cable, but I don't know how to use it, where to plug it in, or if it would even fit my needs.

2nd question (didn't feel the need to make a new post) The mobo has SATA 3Gbs/ but the Seagate Barracuda HDD I'm ordering is SATA 6Gb/s. Would it be bottlenecked, or would it still be running at its best speed? If not, what speed would it be running at?
I just ordered the mobo/HDD so I can still cancel the orders. However, if I needed new parts they would still need to be within the price range of the ones I already ordered.

I already have the case.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Best answer
    The cable you linked to allows you to connect the USB 3.0 ports on the case to a USB 2.0 header on the motherboard. It will allow the port to work, but at USB 2.0 speed instead of USB 3.0.

    As for the hard drive, it should work fine. A mechanical hard drive doesn't work fast enough to actually benefit from SATA 6 Gbs. If you were using an SSD, that would be different.

  2. So I have to order the cable from Amazon in order to connect the USB 3.0 front panel on the CASE to the USB 2.0 header on the MOBO?
  3. I am surprise the case didn't come with it.
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