I would def try to hone your soldering skills a bit. The contact points for the IC are pretty small, but at least they are doable with a regular solder iron anf kit from Radio Shack. I would practice on some old circuit boards out of anything simple, like a digital desktop clock for example. Try and de-solder the existing chips and re solder them back on.
It looks hard but its not too bad. I have to solder a SMD that broke on my tablet, THAT is hard.