Right, so I haven't really made up my mind about whether I'm going for Kaby Lake or Ryzen this time. I'll probably be asking this same question about the AMD mobos when they arrive. But right now Kaby Lake is available so I'll ask about these mobos first, specifically Asus's mobos. I'm planning to get a 7700K (if I go Intel). I have narrowed it down to Maximus IX Hero or a Strix board. What I'm really wondering about is this: Would you say it's necessary with a Hero (or above) to be able to achieve a stable overclock? Or can I get away with a cheaper board, such as one of the Strix? From what I gather those capasitors around the CPU on the Hero will help with power stability/delivery, but exactly how essential are they? Opinions are welcome. Edit: Thread title changed, so as not to limit the discussion to only Asus boards.