Build went without a hitch and so far everything is great.
The question is, what am I missing? I'm using a Lian-liu case (so worth the extra money) the front bays are used by the BD drive and the card reader. I've hooked up the front panel USB, audio, and esata. The card reader will use another USB, which leaves me two internal USB 2.0 ports on the board that are unused.
I was thinking about adding a 4-port bracket to use them, but since that would take up a pci slot maybe I should just get a PCI-USB card?
Is it a waste of system capability to not use these ports?
I have two external drives (one esata and one usb3) so I have no more need of storage and am using an USB wifi adapter.
its normal to have extra usb headers on the bottom of the mobo
with my computer i have 1 of the 3 headers connected to the front panel to give me connections
my second usb header is connected to a media card reader
third one empty
In addition to PCI slot brackets, you can buy little adapters that will turn the header into a USB port for something inside your case. You might try your USB wifi adapter, although it may not work inside the shielding of the case. Startech.com has them.