In the last two weeks I’ve described the parts that will go into my refurbished computer. You can read the two previous posts Building a Fast Computer Starts With These Parts and More Components for Building a Fast Computer to see everything I’ve included so far.

While I will be using the same case as I’ve used in my current computer, I am considering a few changes. One option I’ve enjoyed over the years is an adapter in one of the front drive slots with USB ports and memory card readers. While the current one is still working, it does not have USB 3.0 ports. Today I’m looking at a new adapter that modernizes my ports.

The name is a bit long, EZDIY-FAB 2-Port USB 3.0 USB 2.0 HUB Power ESATA HD Audio All in-1 5.25″ inch Metal Optical Drive Bay Front Panel Card Reader with 20pin Adapter, but it does describe many of the functions available. There are four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. I don’t want a bunch of things plugged in to the front of my computer, but these are really handy for the wireless mouse/keyboard controller dongles and flash drives. Should you need to plug in a microphone or headphones, you’ve got plugs for that too.

EZDIY-FAB 2-Port USB 3.0 USB 2.0 WiringAlso included are slots for memory cards in M2, XD, SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC, Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC (T-flash) CF/MD, MS (Some card may require adapter)T-flash) CF/MD, MS (Some card may require adapter) formats. I mainly deal with CF and SD cards so I’ll be covered. Lastly there is an eSATA port. I’ve never had a need for one, but I guess it is nice to have it there just in case.

Yes, these do require a few more installation steps to get all the plugs in the right place. That’s also true of the current adapter. While the various wires may look complex, it isn’t as bad as it looks and typically takes less than five minutes to sort it all out. I’ve yet to make a final decision if I’ll get this adapter, but I’m leaning towards this worthy upgrade.

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