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Rosewill RCH-200 - 2-Port USB 3.0 Front Panel Hub with 20-Pin Connector - Fits 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: my front usb 3 port on my case couldn't in fact support usb3 devices. it would disconnect when being used. however it worked fine with 2.0 so i guess the cable couldn't transfer enough power to the port. i got this and attached it to the same header that the case cable was attached to and no problems at all. its fast and stable. use it with both flash drives and ext. drives.

Cons: using both ports at the same time will drop transfer speeds because they share bandwidth. so you might not see stellar speeds if you transfer large files with device attached to port one to another device on port 2. but thats not the fault of this device but of available bandwidth on the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: its cheap but works great. no complaints.

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SYBA USB 3.0 PCI-e x1 2.0 Card with 2 External ports and internal 19 Pin USB 3.0 Header Model SD-PEX20139
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: wife's mobo didn't have any front usb 3 headers. so i had to run a cable from the back to the front in order to have easy access to the rear usb 3 ports. adding this card was a better solution and freed up a rear port while at the same time adding two more. installing was easy and didn't have to do any voodoo to get it to work. always a plus.

Cons: tough to attach cable if the slot above is filled. also make sure your cable is long enough as your gonna be reaching to the back of your case to hook it up.

Other Thoughts: if your adding this to a slot that has a device directly next to it my advice is to connect the usb cable first then pop it into place.

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RAIDMAX Element ATX-101BG Black/Green Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: small and compact. easily sits on top of my desk and still be considered out of the way. accommodates a single slot gpu just fine though it does appear to be able to fit a dual slot. However note that it would be fairly close the the side of the case. Perfect for htpc builds. The rear fan is stronger then the ones that usually come pre-installed in most cases.

Cons: the usb 3 port doesn't work right. functions ok with usb2 but not with usb3. it will cut out repeatedly. I don't believe its the mobo cause i had a similar problem on another pc. i ended up adding two fronts ports via an add on and they worked fine even though they were connected to the same mobo header that the case cable was.
also the top of the case doesn't seem to close properly. i can tighten the bolts enough to prevent the top from being removed but its appearance is slightly off. Limited drive mounting spaces if your not willing to block vents. but such is the draw backs of cases this small. also note that while strong the fan is a little on the loud side. no annoying sounds but you get a good amount of air blowing noise. not disturbing but worth replacing if you want a dead silent system. also i might just be too close. its on my desk, maybe two feet to my right so there's that.

Other Thoughts: This case was used for a non critical htpc build. So i just tossed drives anywhere they would fit. basically dvd drive in main slot, 250gb hard drive sitting on top of the psu, another 250gb on the left side of the psu (sideways) and a 90gb ssd stacked on top of that. the arrangement is not elegant but it fits and works. though if your concerned about the temps of your drives i don't recommend this setup. All drives in question are refurbs and one even reported hight temps well before being placed in this case. like i said non critical system for me. drive dies....i'll buy a new one and get on with life. For the price i'd recommend even with its faults. but i don't recommend filling the case with as much stuff as i did. also as others have stated, if you can get a modular psu you won't regret it. keeping those cables from getting stuck in the fan blade takes some doing. i also recommed short gpu's. single fan designs at best. any longer and you'll bump up against the pus that sits in the front of the case NOT the back as normal.

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