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  1. NOTE: This is a highly nooby question, but I have no idea. Please bear with me. Thank you! :D
  2. 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=N82E16811998094
    http://www.espow.com/wholesale-usb-3-0-front-panel-2-port-hub.html

    EDIT-----

    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=N82E16811147060
  3. I found this, but will my motherboard work with it?

    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - Z68 - LGA1155 Socket
    Connector: http://www.amazon.com/HDE-Port-USB-Female-Cable/dp/B00695MXE6
  4. If it is this

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3

    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.
  5. Is there a different adapter I can find that will work?
  6. 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-Inch-Converter/dp/B0049MPQCW
  7. 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.
  8. I think that is all I need, but would that hold my existing USB ports on the case useless?
  9. 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.
  10. Cool, thanks a ton. And I need a cable to connect the USB 2.0?
  11. Best answer
    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-Inch-Converter/dp/B0049MPQCW
  12. Best answer selected by Lunacat78.
  13. Thanks nukemaster!
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