Hi - I have a 2009 custom built system, essential specs:
Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
Motherboard Gigabyte UD3R-SLI 6GB RAm
Intel i7 920 X58
2 available "PCI" slots
I'm not that great with the technicalities of computer "innards" these days - I haven't kept up for the past few years - so forgive me if the answers to these questions seem obvious to the enlightened!
I was recently given a USB 3 Samsung S2 640GB portable HDD, and figured I might as well add USB 3 capability to my system to take advantage of its potential speed. A bit of googling eventually referred me to the GA-USB 3 (Gigabyte) adapter, which I hope/assume
would work with what I have, but I want to be sure. To establish that, my questions are:
Given my system, what type of USB 3 adapter do I need to be looking for? I have no idea if my PCI slots are PCIE or not, nor how to find out - various spec utilities just say "PCI". Can I assume that the slots are PCIE? If not ...
On the basis of the above, can I slot in a USB 3 PCIE adapter - was thinking of the GA-USB 3 (Gigabyte) but am wary of buying the wrong thing.
Any suggestions as to my best path to upgrade?
All gently given advice gratefully anticipated.
(Blonde, female, senior citizen!)
Any gently given advice geatly appreciated.