Best aftermarket cpu heatsink for a mini itx build

My stock cpu heatsink is way too loud for this mini itx htpc build. I was going to send back the A8-5600k 100W and get the A8-5500 65W CPU instead. But maybe I can make this work. What is the best compact CPU heatsink? The one that comes with the CPU is small yet barely fits under the power supply.


AMD A8-5600k
MSI fm2-a75ia-e53
Apex MI-008 case
Corsair XMS3 4gb 1600mhz
128gb ssd

I tried underclocking it to 3.0GHz and it makes the noise bearable. I haven't under volted it yet though because I don't think I can with this MSI board. I will check again tonight.

Thanks for any help
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  1. It depends on how much vertical clearance you have.
    I like the Cooler Master GeminII with an aftermarket 140mm fan.
  2. The max heatsink height for that case is 40mm. Some low profile candidates to consider:

    Noctua NH-L9a (37mm)
    Scythe Kozuti (40mm)
    Gelid Slim Silence (28mm)

    The Noctua is probably the best.
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