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November 26, 2011 10:56:13 PM

NOTE: This is a highly nooby question, but I have no idea. Please bear with me. Thank you! :D 
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November 26, 2011 11:05:37 PM

The case does not effect your usb abilities, but the cases front ports are only USB2(some cases sell an upgrade kit that changes the USB 2 ports to USB 3.0, but i am not sure there is one for that case). You can use a front usb 3.0 device from rear ports if your board has them or even route rear or even internal USB 3.0 to the front with something like this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.espow.com/wholesale-usb-3-0-front-panel-2-po...

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For 10 bucks more, looks like the same case, just has USB 3.0. Please get a board with a 20-pin usb 3.0 connector to use that case. Unsure, tell me what board and i will see.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 27, 2011 5:14:51 PM

If it is this

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre...

It does not seem to have the onboard 20-pin connector.

That means you will not be able to use that adapter. There are other Asrock board with the 20 pin usb 2.0 connector, but not that one.

Note.
Not ALL cases work with that connector you linked, since your case needs to have a matching spot to screw those in.
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November 28, 2011 6:29:20 PM

Is there a different adapter I can find that will work?
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November 28, 2011 10:26:27 PM

Your problem is the board only has 2 usb 3.0 ports and they are on the back. You would need to route them to the back with a pass through cable.

Something like this should work, it just screws into the front bay where a floppy drive would go. The cable then runs out the back of the case and plugs into the rear USB 3.0 ports.

http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-FP36B-Aluminum-3-5-In...
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November 29, 2011 7:07:13 PM

So that is all I need? And the existing USB 3.0 on the case won't work? I am such a noob at this stuff.
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November 29, 2011 9:49:38 PM

I think that is all I need, but would that hold my existing USB ports on the case useless?
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November 29, 2011 11:22:27 PM

If you have the Challenger and not the Challenger U3(The U3 has usb 3 ports built into the case, but there may still be an adapter needed to route to the back of the case) then you can just connect the front ports to the motherboards USB2 header. This will leave you with 2 usb2 ports(built into the case) and the added usb 3.0 ports.
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November 30, 2011 12:01:39 AM

Cool, thanks a ton. And I need a cable to connect the USB 2.0?
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November 30, 2011 1:09:00 AM

Nope the case should already have that it normally has a blue plug in the end it is a 2x5(2 rows of 5) pin with one pin missing to prevent backwards installation.

so just need one of these, or similar.

http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-FP36B-Aluminum-3-5-In...
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November 30, 2011 8:50:37 PM

Best answer selected by Lunacat78.
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November 30, 2011 8:50:45 PM

Thanks nukemaster!
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