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So recently I was finally getting around to cleaning the dust out of my Dell Dimension E521 (which I had neglected to do for about a year and a half, so it was quite dusty inside) and I ended up fucking up my CPU in the process. Basically the way they designed it, there's a big plastic housing that sits around the massive heat sink they put on the CPU (I'll get into the specifics of the CPU and motherboard in a bit) and I didn't realize the plastic housing was actually screwed into the heat sink from below (so I couldn't see the screws) which was of course glued to the CPU. So once I figured out how the plastic housing sitting around the heat sink disconnected, I accidentally ended up pulling off the heat sink and the CPU at the same time.
So now I'm trying to figure out what my options are and hopefully get my computer up and running again at relatively low cost. The CPU is an Athlon X2 3800+ in socket AM2 (not socket 939). It looks like some of the pins on the CPU are bent, and I'm guessing I can't just plug it back in. I unscrewed the big plastic housing around the heat sink, so now I have the CPU and heat sink glued to it, but is it worth it to try plugging the CPU back in? Could this fuck up other subsystems?
If my CPU is fucked, what are my realistic options? The computer is about 3.5 years old, and I'm not tech savvy enough to know what other AMD X2 processors would work in the motherboard/AM2 socket. Is it worth buying another CPU/heat sink for my existing motherboard? I was reasonably happy with the performance of my system and am trying to keep costs down for now, so if I could still buy the same CPU or even a slight upgrade that would be compatible with the motherboard I'd be ok with that as long as it was cheap enough compared to replacing the whole motherboard.
I apologize if there's crucial information I've left out through ignorance. Ask and I'll try to get the info so you can better advise me, and thanks for your help in advance!