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# 255837 2-Sep-2019 17:19
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Basically as above. 


An old silverstone HTPC case with front USB 2.0. 


Can I buy USB 3.0 header cables and remove the old ports and perhaps glue the replacement ones in? 


The spacing between the USB ports is quite tight and doesn't seem to match the spacing of the off the shelf PC front port upgrade kits.


EDIT, not that such kits would work as the HTPC doesn't have a user replaceable accessory port unit, its simply USB ports recessed into the face of the case. 


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  # 2309606 2-Sep-2019 17:25
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Won't be easy to make it fit nicely. Do you have any available. 3.5" bays on the front?

Other option is something like this and hack the front of your case up. 





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  # 2309614 2-Sep-2019 17:56
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  # 2309617 2-Sep-2019 18:03
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gehenna: *jury-rig




If it has been around for 130 years then it can be classed as legit :)

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  # 2309638 2-Sep-2019 18:40
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Purist here lol

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  # 2309652 2-Sep-2019 19:40
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In a bit of a dear lazy web thought process...

Are USB3 and USB2 ports actually different? Aside from the blue spacer that is. Cause you could potentially just do a bit of rewiring and soldering (if they are compatible enough) to a USB3 header.

Edit: my assumption is yes they're different.

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  # 2309658 2-Sep-2019 19:51
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There are extra contacts in the USB3 connector.

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  # 2309661 2-Sep-2019 20:02
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Was just about to answer my own question too. So yeah 8 as opposed to 4.

No idea what the space in the case is like. Could you fit something like this: (after removing the backing plate) with a pci extender cable/ribbon


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  # 2309677 2-Sep-2019 20:49
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What about a couple of short male to female cables from the rear USB3 ports?

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