|"It's a long story on how that happened, lol. A cleaning incident"|
Unless you were cleaning with a pry bar, there's more to the story than that.
"I really can't afford a new motherboard"
You should have thought about before you used the pry bar...lol. Obviously you did something terribly wrong if you damaged both the CPU & the socket. Maybe working on PC's isn't your thing?
"W W W . N E W E G G . C O M"
You're not gonna find any S754 boards at newegg unless you look in the "combo" section. And the ones they're offering are crappy SiS based boards. You'll have to find a site that deals in old hardware. Even Geeks.com doesn't carry S754 boards anymore. Try pricewatch.com but be careful which vendor you deal with. Of course, there's always eBay...maybe you can pick up a damaged board for $1 plus shipping.