Advise on motherboard purchase

r technical500 at
Fri Oct 1 23:02:11 UTC 2010

On 01-Oct-10 23:48:52 Doug wrote:
>On 10/1/2010 4:59 PM, r wrote:
>> On 01-Oct-10 16:51:06 Franz Waldmüller wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I am about to assemble a new PC as my really old ones are dying. I don't
>>> like to buy a new machine every two years that is why I am looking for
>>> some "future proof" components.
>> I built a PC about a year ago, and one problem I found out after
>> assembling was that the motherboard had a huge amount of USB on
>> the motherboard, but the tower only had a few sockets.
>> Most of the USB couldnt be utilized, these are the sockets which
>> connect to the ones at the front of the tower.
>> Unless someone knows how to utilize these.
>A number of companies make cables to go from the mobo to the front
>panel of the computer.  Unfortunately, most of them will require
>you to make your own adaptation to mount the front panel sockets.

can you just leave the cables loose?

eg just tape them down.

can you give a URL for USB cables like the ones towers use

for the tower USB sockets at the front of a tower?

>I made one for dual usb connectors on a blank panel for a 3½" drive
>bay. I fastened the connectors with hot glue.  Somebody must make
>this ready-to-go, but I don't know who.  I got my extensions from


>BTW:  It's not so easy to make neat rectangular holes in a plastic
>panel.  If I were doing it again, I think I'd find a thin piece of
>sheet metal to mount the connectors, then make a big ugly rectangular 
>hole in the plastic false front, and rivet or bolt the neat sheet metal
>piece to the cut-out plastic.  Quicker and less hassle.  Of course, if 
>your front panel has some unoccupied flat metal space, you could mount
>the connectors there.

>To make neat rectangular holes in sheet metal, use an Adel nibbling
>tool.  Drill a starting hole in the middle of the workspace to fit
>the nibbler in, and then make the nice rectangular hole.


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