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Hey all,

I'm thinking about cracking open the A300 and substituting the front panel 2.0 ports for a couple of 3.0 ports. As far as I know I have an internal 3.0 header (will check for sure when I have some time tonight.) Just need the ports and the cable.

Thing is anything I find on google seems to be from years ago and not anything useful. Was wondering if anyone here managed to do something similar or if anyone could simply point me in the direction of sourcing a couple of USB 3.0 ports (I don't really want to rip them out of anything else...)

Thanks guys smile.gif
Edited by Zorginator - 8/20/11 at 8:00pm
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I would be interested in this too tongue.gif
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I assume anyone without a 3.0 front panel port would be interested in this tongue.gif
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post #4 of 12
I bought this usb 3.0 4 port front panel...
Unfortunately my Antec 1200 V2 case only has 2.0 front headers (and V3 fixed that)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0335300

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post #5 of 12
Maybe This?

You might be able to use that, or if you have a free 5.25" bay available can choose one of these

Edit- If don't want to mod or use a drive bay and have a x1 PCIe slot try this
Edited by Jiryama - 8/9/11 at 11:01am
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I don't really want to use a bay solution as it takes up unnecessary space and I'm thinking about sticking it under water in a year or two so will need all the bays available.

I'll crack open the current casing and see what's inside either later tonight or this weekend.
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post #7 of 12
There is always that PCIe option in my revised post there or those cables would be easy to nicely mod the front slightly and screw it in. Post if anything else! cheers.gif
post #8 of 12
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Ninja'd tongue.gif

I'm sure I have the headers for USB 3:0 front panel so there's no need for a pci card. Also I'm not shy about modding, still getting my toes wet but I'm happy to start shredding my case.

I think worst comes to worst i'll have to mod a complete bay solution.

Those cables might be an idea, will see what the current enclosure looks like tonight
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post #9 of 12
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Ok, a little later than I promised. But better than never, eh?

For those interested in how I took it apart (nothing difficult) hit the spoiler.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

For those not familiar with the Antec 300's front panel solution

projectusb2to31.jpg

Take out the screws either side of the USB/Audio unit.

projectusb2to32.jpg

Should now be able to pull the unit out.

projectusb2to33.jpg

Along the back you can see where the glue has seeped out. The difficult part is getting this top off without snapping it. Past experience has taught me that a hair dryer works well for these situations (don't let it get too hot though!) However I used a knife here just to slice through. Be careful not to push the knife too far in though.

projectusb2to34.jpg

The end result.

projectusb2to35.jpg

From what I can see, they're basically two extension cables and each one is grounded with a black wire soldered to the outer casing.

All I need to do is find some USB 3.0 leads that will fit here smile.gif

Let the hunt begin...

EDIT: Lol, rookie error. Am resizing the photos now tongue.gif
Edited by Zorginator - 8/20/11 at 8:09pm
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post #10 of 12
this will be helpful to repair my USB 2.0 ports, i broke the plastic part off by accidentally walking over a usb cable frown.gif
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