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    usb 3.0 pci card add on

    Hello,

    I would like to add a usb 3 pci card to my desktop, but I am not sure if I have the right slot or will it work or not !

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Port-USB-3...:X:AAQ:US:1123

    most of the card I found are not supported by the board I have, is there one good for me ?

    my motherboard page : http://us.msi.com/support/mb/G31TMP21.html#support-cpu

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    According to your MB site, you could add a PCI or a PCI-E USB 3.0 card.
    Here is a link to an article on what to do: http://www.pcworld.com/article/20430...esktop-pc.html
    The Ebay link is for a PCI-E card and here is just one link for a PCI card ( your MB looks like it has 2 PCI slots ).
    http://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapte...wer~PCIUSB3S22
    I'm sure that there may be cheaper ones, I just picked the first one I googled.
    Hope this helps

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    Thanks,

    the second link you provided actually what I think I need, but I didn't find one for cheaper price.

    My board doesn't have PCI-E mini slot. so what's next

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    Just Google "USB 3.0 PCI card" and find one you like for what you can afford. You have 2 PCI slots. If you can't use PCI -E then don't bother looking at those.

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    You don't actually need to have the 1x PCI slot on your motherboard to use a 1x card, an 8x lane, even the x16 if you don't have a graphics card, will do.
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    so the one on eBay will work on the board I have

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Port-USB-3...:X:AAQ:US:1123

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    As said, it will work in the PCI-e slot if it's not already occupied by a graphics card or something else.

    PCI cards also work but they are all much more expensive and getting even more so as time goes on; and they don't have as much bandwidth as PCI-e (hence only two USB 3 ports)...but they work.

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    I don't have any added graphic cards installed so I will go for it

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    Depending on your OS, you may need to install USB3 drivers. MS didn't supply them with the OS until W8. They may be supplied on disk with the card, otherwise you will need to download them.

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