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Upgrading USB 2.0 to 3.0 port?

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April 1, 2012 10:34:17 AM

My case did not come with any front usb 3.0 ports so I want to swap then out. I believe my case allows me to take out the part but I have no idea where I can buy it. It should be a bare USB 3.0 female to whatever number of pins female header cable.

Anyone have a site? peferably located in the US

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April 1, 2012 10:39:55 AM

As far as I know you can not simply just swap out your old USB 2 ports for USB 3.
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April 1, 2012 10:42:30 AM

^no it wouldn't, as long as his Mobo has usb 3.0 support, its more than possible to swap out the panel,
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a b ) Power supply
April 1, 2012 10:58:48 AM

as already said you can put in a front bay panel

or depending on the make of your case you can replace the io ports--what case do you have?

for example on my rv02 i used this to change the io ports--came with all the cables needed even though it

doesnt show them

assuming as mentioned your motherboard has the usb 3.0 header
a c 104 ) Power supply
April 1, 2012 11:04:21 AM

Yup, I find that a better option than buying a frontpanel unit and stripping it down,
but like you say, until we know op's case its guesswork :) 
April 1, 2012 11:08:38 AM

not looking to replace a whole panel, just a single port. you know how there are front panels cables for usb? I just want to replace one of my cables with a 3.0 one which leads to one usb port.

yes I have a mobo with 3.0 headers. my case (silverstone tj10) just has its own special front panel thing so replacing what is currently a useless firewire port would be perfect.
April 1, 2012 11:21:15 AM

oh wow! that seems to be exactly the part I'm looking for! is there a place in the US that sells this? ill probably check the price of shipping from the uk myself after I wake up. hard to check on my phone

thanks a lot!
a b ) Power supply
April 1, 2012 5:01:58 PM

should be available in the usa

just search for the part number G11303500
April 1, 2012 10:40:28 PM

its available for $12 on ebay. thanks so much!
a b ) Power supply
April 1, 2012 11:02:41 PM

you are welcome :D 
November 21, 2012 4:55:47 AM

Awesome, I am looking at getting a new system, but am thinking I might use an old case and mod it, or possibly build something from scratch. So glad I will be able to benefit from USB3.0 as well as some esata.

This has defiantly got me thinking a fully custom built case might be the way to go.