Well reading on the internet some people say it's okay others say you need all stand offs. The problem I had is that one stand off from my previous motherboard was stuck, attached to a screw. I could not for the life of me get the stand off to come off so I just decided to go without one for my new MB (didn't have any extra). My setup is this: 0 0 0 0 0 x 0 0 0 the x is where the missing stand off is. I have already installed everything else so I don't plan on flexing the board with any additional components at this time. At the moment all I have installed is one videocard in the pcie 3.0 slot and the CPU.