can a psu cause the system to shutdown

Intel Celeron d 2.66ghz processor
September 2, 2010 at 12:44:10
Specs: Windows XP
i am running a celeron 2.66 processor and here last couple days it has shut down on it's own and restarted. I have put new artic silver on the processor, was wondering if the psu coould be going bad and would this cause the unit to shut down and re start

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September 2, 2010 at 14:33:33
A bad PSU can indeed cause a computer to shut down. On some systems this a common cause of this problem.

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September 2, 2010 at 15:24:41
"shutdown and restart"
another cause is cpu overheating, may be u apply wrong thermal paste. Better check cpu temp in bios.

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September 2, 2010 at 18:52:29
Yeah, you should have checked your temp before messing with the paste. If it's a single core Celeron, all you should have used was a tiny dab, roughly the size of a BB or grain of rice, placed in the center of the CPU. Then the heatsink should have been locked in place. The paste is not supposed to be spread out on the surface....when the heatsink is locked down, the paste spreads out from the pressure.

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