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Chieftec Side Mount USB and Firewire Ports by Brett

That’s it! I’m tired of reaching around the back of the computer every time I want to plug in my flash drives or the latest USB gizmo.


What to do though? USB extension cables are handy, but I’ve got enough cables snaked all over my desk. Front USB ports are standard now, although this case doesn’t have them and you know, actually the side seems like a better place to put them for my setup.

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This couldn’t be easier. My motherboard already came with header cables for the back of the case and they fit nicely in the bottom lip of the case. Now it’s just a matter of drilling some square holes! Remember kids- measure once, eye it up a few times, and cut till your fingers bleed.

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I started with a drill bit, then squared off the corners with files. I was able to reuse the screws from the back plates. What do you know, it works! Looks good too.

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I even bought a new shelf to raise up the computer a bit to desk level.

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Humm… What to do with all the free PCI slots now? Oh I know!

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More USB ports. You can never have enough root level USB ports.

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