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SFF SG13 CPU cooling

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I'm in process of building SFF PC in SilverStone SG13(mesh front version) case. I'm not sure which cooler to choose to cool Ryzen R5 3600, height is limited to 81mm(I will use SFX PSU that gives additional 20mm to standard 61mm cooler height), and air cooler would face 'back' of SF600, so it will not be used as exhaust. I won't be doing overclocking now, probably in year or two.

R5 3600
MSI B450I Gaming plus AC

My choice of cooler boils down to:
Shadow Rock LP @ 37 EUR
NH-L12S @ 51 EUR
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 120 @ 50 EUR

In case of first two, I will install NF-P12 as front fan as intake. Also there will be NF A9x14 side fan as exhaust ( There is no place for this fan on side, but I saw people mount it with zip ties on side and it works fine there). I'm looking for one that will give best performance noise ratio, I would like it to be as quiet as possible.
I'm not sure about Arctic, It's fairly new and I can't find any reviews about performance and noise. Which one should I choose from these? Any other near 50 EUR mark?

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I have the exact same case, except the closed off front for my SFF HTPC build and I have a Corsair H60 AIO on mine. 

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If you don't mind liquid cooling and can fit it, the Liquid Freezer II 120 would easily outperform the other two. 

If you aren't oc'ing and are possibly undervolting in the pursuit of low noise, go for the NH-L12S instead. 

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