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I moded an old case for my wife - made it yoga themed (more info under case mods). But in my infinite wisdom (yeah right!) I neglected to include some USB ports in the front. Now it is a bit difficult for her to get to the ports behind the case (especially due to how I have the H55 rad mounted). So, I am thinking of incorporating something to alleviate the issue. For the most part, she uses it to upload/download music to her phone; do some firmware upgrade to her other gadgets; general file transfer using a USB drive. I have one of two choices:

1. Get a USB hub (self-powered) and just hook it to a USB port in the IO panel. The hub will be sitting on top of the comp or in her desk. This will be a more portable solution. But I am concerned about speed, power, etc with a hub. Example, USB hub

2. Get a USB header/panel that hooks up straight to the motherboard. I can get one that goes into a 3.5 drivebay, but somehow incorporate it externally to the computer. This will be more permanent and whole lot more work. Example, Silverstone USB header

So, my question is, does #2 has a distinct advantage over #1 for the activities I listed? I rather have #1 so it stays a bit more portable until I can figure out something more permanent.
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A hub would most likely be sufficient for the usage pattern you outlined.
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Shouldn't make a difference unless your wanting to do large file transferred. Just remember you don't get the full transfer speeds on each port on the hub the originating ports speeds are split between devices.
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Thank you fellow earthlings ! I need to find one that has like four ports or less (so she is not tempted to hang everything off of that) and is of good quality. Any suggestions?
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Thank you fellow earthlings ! I need to find one that has like four ports or less (so she is not tempted to hang everything off of that) and is of good quality. Any suggestions?

that someone else is going to have to help you with as I've not used a hub since college.

I'd prob just hit a few review sites, or even see if OCN has a review on one.
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I've just started using this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182175 and so far so good, have my mouse and kb plugged into it and no noticable lag. Too short of a time period to state reliability though. I was going for the color match to my theme and powered so this fit perfectly.
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I was wanting self powered, but the white rosewill does go with the build I have going on.
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Oh, when I read "self powered" I think the hub is a powered one, as in not needing power from the motherboard. My bad. I personally wanted the powered one because my kb is backlit and my mouse has led's in it. It's probably not a big draw but I didn't want to risk it, plus I got it for $13.
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