I have a Gateway FX6850-51u desktop that has USB 2.0 already installed, however, I would like to upgrade to USB 3.0 in order to use a USB 3.0 portable hard drive for backup, along with other 3.0 devices.
According to my PC specs I have one 2.0 free x PCI Express x16, four 0.0 free x PCI Express x 1, 2.0 total 0.0 free.
Looking at the back of my PC there are two unused expansion slots.
Looking on Newegg there are several highly rated models with 2 or 4 external ports.
Here's two models that might be adequate for my purpose, though, please feel free to recommend another model that you feel would be better.
1- US Robotics 3.0 2 port PCI model USR8404. There's a straight forward setup video on YouTube for this card.
2- Koutech 3.0 4 port PCI model PEU430.
There are several others, however, these two have fairly good reviews.
While far from a Luddite I'm not exactly a computer expert, though the installation seems straight forward. I'm presently deep into old-fartdom and rapidly approaching senility or multi infarct dementia, whichever comes first. So talk to me like I'm five years old, which I might very well be by the time someone answers this, and my powers of concentration and motor function have taken a decided turn for the worse.
I would like to thank everyone who answers in advance for your time on my behalf.
I hope that I provided enough information for someone to provide an answer that will work with minimal to no problems.