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Dell Dimension 5250 upgrade to USB 3.0 pci card?

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I read elsewhere that it IS possible to upgrade the pci card to usb 3.0 on the Dell Dimension 5250, but that there is no point in doing so as the CPU can't handle the increased speed.  Is that correct?  If it is, what are the other recommended upgrades (the minimum I would have to do) required to get usb 3.0 speeds?

Thanks for any assistance/recommendations.

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RE: Dell Dimension 5250 upgrade to USB 3.0 pci card?

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P.S.  As I only need 1 usb 3.0 port, do you think the following card would be suitable (it has 2 ports) rather than the 4 port card you had recommended?  It is $10 cheaper, and if it will do the job then I would be happy to save the money.

[View:www.amazon.ca/.../ref=pd_sim_sbs_ce_4]

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jennyfromdablock
  
Yes, the Anker PCI-E to USB 3.0 2 Port Express Card, with 1 USB 3.0, should work fine, but you will need a 4-pin Molex power connector for the card.
      
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RE: Dell Dimension 5250 upgrade to USB 3.0 pci card?

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jennyfromdablock

I cannot find a Dell Dimension 5250 listed in Dell's line of computers.

Are you certain this is the right model?

There are Dimension 5000, 5150/e510, e520 models listed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_Dimension

If you computer is one of the above, then the following applies:

No.

If you have an open PCI slot, you could install a PCI USB 3.0 card, similar to this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815158361&cm_re=PCI_USB_3.0_cards-_-15-158-361...

The card will need to a SATA power connector, connected to the above card.

Or you could use a PCI Express x1 card, similar to this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124116&cm_re=PCI_USB_3.0_cards-_-15-124-116...

This card will need to a 4-pin Molex power connector, to add supplementary power.

Bev.

 


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RE: Dell Dimension 5250 upgrade to USB 3.0 pci card?

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Thank you so much for your help.  My mistake - you are correct that it is the 5150 model.  I shall try the PCI express card you mention, so that I can hopefully get full speed out of my new USB 3.0 4TB Seagate external desktop hard drive.

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P.S.  As I only need 1 usb 3.0 port, do you think the following card would be suitable (it has 2 ports) rather than the 4 port card you had recommended?  It is $10 cheaper, and if it will do the job then I would be happy to save the money.

[View:www.amazon.ca/.../ref=pd_sim_sbs_ce_4]

Thank you

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Thank you so much for your help.  My mistake - you are correct that it is the 5150 model.  I shall try the PCI express card you mention, so that I can hopefully get full speed out of my new USB 3.0 4TB Seagate external desktop hard drive.

    
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Happy to have helped.
      
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RE: Dell Dimension 5250 upgrade to USB 3.0 pci card?

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P.S.  As I only need 1 usb 3.0 port, do you think the following card would be suitable (it has 2 ports) rather than the 4 port card you had recommended?  It is $10 cheaper, and if it will do the job then I would be happy to save the money.

[View:www.amazon.ca/.../ref=pd_sim_sbs_ce_4]

Thank you

jennyfromdablock
  
Yes, the Anker PCI-E to USB 3.0 2 Port Express Card, with 1 USB 3.0, should work fine, but you will need a 4-pin Molex power connector for the card.
      
Bev.

 


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Sorry for one last question, but there are many different "4 pin molex" connectors avail, and wondering if you could help narrow it down to one ?  Thank you.  🙂

[View:www.amazon.ca/.../ref=nb_sb_noss_1]

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jennyfromdablock

The 20cm 4 Pin Female IDE/Molex to 15 Pin SATA Male Power adaptor cable that shown here, should be fine:

http://www.amazon.ca/Female-Molex-Power-Adapter-Cable/dp/B00EZIXDAC/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8...

Depending on if there's an open SATA power connector inside the chassis, you might need a SATA power splitter:

http://www.amazon.ca/Startech-Com-PYO2SATA-6-Inch-Splitter-Adapter-M/dp/B002N2EHVQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&i...

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RE: Dell Dimension 5250 upgrade to USB 3.0 pci card?

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I just installed a standard 4 port usb 3.0 into my low profile computer and spliced a 4 pin power connecter and it works perfectly except for the fact that it only transfers at 60mb/s instead of 4 gb/s, but still it's working.

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