Don't forget there's capable compact options in the market. For the price of the P8Z77-V, you can get an Asus Maximus V Gene. To save some 30 % on that, get the P8Z77-M Pro - the tradeoff there is you lose Fan Xpert 2, but Fan Xpert+ is quite capable, especially for a First DIY System.
The Gene is mATX and offers all the features you could ask for (USB3.0, PCIe 3.0, SATA 6 Gbps, Fan Xpert 2
) and more (even does SLI and overclocking). No annoying little fans yet powerful cooling and that macho colour scheme
, thanks to being geared towards gamers. TechPowerUp's review finds the power consumption figures good
, although I don't know what to think of their method as I didn't go in-depth.
I am personally a fan of compact boards, as they allow for easier installation and compact systems. If you don't need a lot of expansion slots or some other feature of a bigger board, why waste all that space?