[SOLVED] Where to find a USB 3.0 PCI card?

mynameisjoe1

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Hi all, I know there are PCI-E cards for USB 3.0, but my only PCI-E slot is taken up by a graphics card. I only have 1 PCI slot left. I looked through cards on Newegg but could not find the right one.
Can anyone find me the right part?, I need more USB ports on this dell!!!!. Thanks
 

Barty1884

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Are you sure you have PCI?
From the images I can find online, there are traces on that motherboard for PCI, but it's more common to have PCIe x16 and PCIe x1 slots?

https://pcpartsoutletstore.com/motherboards/dell-inspiron-3670-intel-cpu-lga1151-ddr4-desktop-motherboard-h4vk7-0h4vk7.html


Much cheaper route to go if you have an x1 slot:
https://www.newegg.com/riitop-model-pce-s7u3-pci-express-controller-card/p/17Z-0061-00066?Item=9SIA6V89VB7478&Description=x1 usb 3&cm_re=x1_usb_3-_-9SIA6V89VB7478-_-Product
 

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Might wanna check your local thrift stores if you have any, I found one for 3$ and I believe bestbuy sells them for cheaper too if your in the USA
 

Mrgr74

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Hi @mynameisjoe1

What mobo does your Dell have? (Or just the model of your Dell) as here is an example of a USB 3.0 PCIe card. (Not the same type of PCIe as your GPU) The more ports the more $. Is your current GPU blocking the other PCIe slot or is it an old-skool white PCI slot?

If you aren't sure the model of your Dell, take a pic of the inside so we can see what you have as far as expansion slots & the like.

More info please.
 

mynameisjoe1

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What Dell do you have?

I'm only aware of one PCI-USB3 card, from Startech... and it's not cheap (like >$50).
Hi @mynameisjoe1

What mobo does your Dell have? (Or just the model of your Dell) as here is an example of a USB 3.0 PCIe card. (Not the same type of PCIe as your GPU) The more ports the more $. Is your current GPU blocking the other PCIe slot or is it an old-skool white PCI slot?

If you aren't sure the model of your Dell, take a pic of the inside so we can see what you have as far as expansion slots & the like.

More info please.
It's a Dell Inspiron 3670, just got it 3 months ago. And yes, it's the old school white slot that I have left. I believe the Startech.com PCIUSB3S4 is perfect. Gives me USB 3.0 with just a normal boring PCI slot. Thanks for the links guys.

P.S. I only have 6 USB ports on this thing. I was considering building a gaming PC because of the lack of USB ports, but its all good now.
 

Mrgr74

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It's a Dell Inspiron 3670, just got it 3 months ago. And yes, it's the old school white slot that I have left. I believe the Startech.com PCIUSB3S4 is perfect. Gives me USB 3.0 with just a normal boring PCI slot. Thanks for the links guys.

P.S. I only have 6 USB ports on this thing. I was considering building a gaming PC because of the lack of USB ports, but its all good now.
Glad to hear you'll have your USB 3.0's!

Game On! :)
 

Barty1884

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Are you sure you have PCI?
From the images I can find online, there are traces on that motherboard for PCI, but it's more common to have PCIe x16 and PCIe x1 slots?

https://pcpartsoutletstore.com/motherboards/dell-inspiron-3670-intel-cpu-lga1151-ddr4-desktop-motherboard-h4vk7-0h4vk7.html


Much cheaper route to go if you have an x1 slot:
https://www.newegg.com/riitop-model-pce-s7u3-pci-express-controller-card/p/17Z-0061-00066?Item=9SIA6V89VB7478&Description=x1 usb 3&cm_re=x1_usb_3-_-9SIA6V89VB7478-_-Product
 

mynameisjoe1

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Are you sure you have PCI?
From the images I can find online, there are traces on that motherboard for PCI, but it's more common to have PCIe x16 and PCIe x1 slots?

https://pcpartsoutletstore.com/motherboards/dell-inspiron-3670-intel-cpu-lga1151-ddr4-desktop-motherboard-h4vk7-0h4vk7.html


Much cheaper route to go if you have an x1 slot:
https://www.newegg.com/riitop-model-pce-s7u3-pci-express-controller-card/p/17Z-0061-00066?Item=9SIA6V89VB7478&Description=x1 usb 3&cm_re=x1_usb_3--9SIA6V89VB7478--Product
Sorry I didn't notice your post. The desktop is pretty new so your probably right. I dont know why I didnt look at the motherboard myself before posting her eon toms hardware.

I just ordered the one in the link you gave me, saved me 50 bucks. Thanks alot.
 

mynameisjoe1

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Are you sure you have PCI?
From the images I can find online, there are traces on that motherboard for PCI, but it's more common to have PCIe x16 and PCIe x1 slots?

https://pcpartsoutletstore.com/motherboards/dell-inspiron-3670-intel-cpu-lga1151-ddr4-desktop-motherboard-h4vk7-0h4vk7.html


Much cheaper route to go if you have an x1 slot:
https://www.newegg.com/riitop-model-pce-s7u3-pci-express-controller-card/p/17Z-0061-00066?Item=9SIA6V89VB7478&Description=x1 usb 3&cm_re=x1_usb_3--9SIA6V89VB7478--Product
I got the part it and installed it, but it gave me a "Power surge on the USB port, Unknown USB devices needs more power than the port can supply".

I plugged in 1 device and my computer is not reading it. I tried installing the drivers for this adapter and it wasn't until then that I got the above message.
 

mynameisjoe1

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Yes that comes from the power suply. ;)

Does it help?
Sorry for the late reply. I took my time with plugging it in and I just plugged something into it and it worked!. No drivers needed for the installation. The only thing is my desktop is a little tight with all these cords, guess ill have to live with that :(. It's a Dell!, what can i say. Thank you guys for the help!.

 

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