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I have 2 USB 2.0 internal headers and 1 more sata port on my motherboard. I was thinking of getting a 5.25 front panel card reader because my card reader is a USB one and I want to free up a USB port also. But I can't find a good one on Amazon. I prefer to use Amazon because my dad has Prime but I will use Newegg if Amazon doesn't have what I am looking for.

I already have audio ports in the front and an esata port, all of which are connected to my HAF 922.

I like taking pictures of my family on my digital camera and iPhone (yes, I have an iPhone because I am an idiot) so I think a nice card reader with a spare USB 2.0 port would be nice to put in there. But if you can think of something better to put in there then feel free to tell me and please provide a link because I have a hard time navigating online stores. I don't like lights because I usually leave my pc on when I sleep because it has an SSD. And my budget is $30. Also, please tell me which connection it uses and what power it uses. I have 1 more sata power connector free and a few molex.
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also it looks like the only ones they have with USB have USB 3.0. If I plug it into my USB 2.0 header will it work at 2.0 speeds? I don't really care much about speeds because I don't have a need for USB 3.0 at the moment.

If you look at this one, it has regular USB headers

http://www.amazon.com/Aperture-Internal-5-25-Inch-Reader-8c-aper000-w0b/dp/B008KEPWMY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359246215&sr=8-2&keywords=front+panel+card+reader

So what would the card reader parts plug into?
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post #3 of 11
The card reader plugs into the internal USB headers, just like the front USB ports.

And if you are able to plug those front 3.0 ports into the motherboard (you'll need a motherboard with an internal USB 3.0 header) and then plug a USB 2.0 device into them, it will still work, just as 2.0 speeds. thumb.gif
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The card reader plugs into the internal USB headers, just like the front USB ports.

And if you are able to plug those front 3.0 ports into the motherboard (you'll need a motherboard with an internal USB 3.0 header) and then plug a USB 2.0 device into them, it will still work, just as 2.0 speeds. thumb.gif

thanks for the help. I was looking at the pictures and it shows that it comes with a usb 2.0 connector so I was thinking that it would work for my needs. But then why would they put both on there? This is so hard to find, I am only looking for a card reader that comes with an extra usb 2.0 port.
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Does your motherboard not have an internal USB 3.0 header? Or is it occupied or something?
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post #6 of 11
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Does your motherboard not have an internal USB 3.0 header? Or is it occupied or something?

Thanks for helping with that. I realized that I don't have an extra USB 3.0 header and this wouldn't work. Now if I can only find a card reader with good reviews then everything would be perfect.
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post #7 of 11
I would just say USB 3.0 ports, they're always useful. or usb 2.0 if 3.0 is too expensive.but if you can try modding a mini fridge into your case and power it by SATA, surely it can be done.
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Originally Posted by Jacksonator36 View Post

I would just say USB 3.0 ports, they're always useful. or usb 2.0 if 3.0 is too expensive.but if you can try modding a mini fridge into your case and power it by SATA, surely it can be done.

actuqally I don't have a usb 3.0 header but I have 2 more usb 2.0 headers. the thing is, I bought an external powered usb 2.0 hub and I don't need any more usb ports, so I was looking for something that can utilize usb 2.0 headers like a card reader.
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post #9 of 11
then why dont you just put usb ports in cause dont you already have a usb card reader
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then why dont you just put usb ports in cause dont you already have a usb card reader

Actually I just bought a fan controller because I didn't know those existed and now I can use all 4 case fans that I installed.
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