When I switch to another similar/lower priced case, such as the Rosewill Challenger (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), I get a compatibility issue with the motherboard:
"ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports."
Since I have $500 budget, I am skimping a bit on the video card and would also consider spending less on case. I've never built a pc yet so I'm wondering whether I need to stick with a case with front panel usb 3.0. I really like the challenger for the blue led lights, even tough it has nothing to do with performance.
And if you do plug any usb 3.0 devices into the onboard front panel 3.0 socket it will still work, but it will only run at 2.0 speeds, not a huge issue tbh as your rear I/o usb 3.0 sockets will be unaffected
The 3.0 ports will still work in 3.0 with 3.0 devices. I'm not sure what you are getting at moto. Which case he gets only affects what his front ports will be. The mobo has 3.0 and 2.0 headers so if his case is 2.0, the front ports will be 2.0 but if the case is 3.0 then he will have 3.0.