Heat sync trouble?

I have a problem with my computer. It keeps rebooting itself. I have a 865 PE motherboard. My son believes the heat sync is to blame. I'm not sure where to look next.
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  1. It's a heatsink :) A sink is a place that makes things dissapear or move away, like a sink hole.

    865 PE is the chipset, and not the actual brand of board.

    You could remove the old heatsink, clean up the CPU, and install a new aftermarket cooler if you like. Be warned that the motherboard is getting old and may not work much longer.

    A computer that is rebooting could have a bad power supply, or simply be dying as well. Or it could be dying RAM.

    Here's a few ideas:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100010
    Arctic Silver ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET) Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro
    Comes with Thermal Interface Material (TIM) pre-applied, so is easy to use for the novice.
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