So I waited, and waited, and I got the best deals I could manage on the AH.
This is the method I use
1-None of my pieces of gear cost over 200k
2- always be patient, but if you see something that seems to good to be true, don't read the stats twice, BUY IT. I have lost amazing items b/c I waited 5 seconds to click 'Buyout' only to see SOLD pop up.
3- Don't waste money on minimal upgrades. ie. Don't buy something with 10 more armor and 5 more vitality, for 40k. save it for big improvements.
4-*This is the most important trick. Any piece of gear with Str, Vit, AND All Res, is going to be ridiculously expensive. Just because the stars aligned on the stats people are gonna want millions.
BUT THEY DONT CARE ABOUT GEAR WITH JUST A COUPLE OF THEM
Gear with only All Res. or gear with just STR and Vit. or special mix ups of All res and %HP on helms and chest are proportionally much less expensive for the same number value of stats.
For Example. I have Bracers with good armor, 110 STR and 110 Vit. I bought it for 65k. If those bracers had 25+ res all as well, theyd be at least 700k.
On the other hand my shoulders have no str and vit, but have 70 All res and 8% HP
Combine all those stats and you get 110STR, 110Vit, 70 res all and 8% hp. If each one of those items had an even spread of the stats they would have cost me far more just by virtue of the seller thinking he had something special.
Keep in mind, my gear isn't Beat Diablo on inferno worthy, But spending on average, 55k an item, and with ZERO upgrades from inferno(sigh)...
600~ Res all buffed
EDIT: KEY ITEM: Grab an 1Hander with at least 500 LoH but with low dps. even as low as 400 will work. DONT SPEND MORE THAN 100k!!! LOOK FOR DEALS
My build: Works for 1H or 2H http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/barbarian#WSRkVP!cbV!ccbccZ
Thats not all that amazing. But I just finished killing Magin ACT II with 5 stacks, and I'm really proud to have gotten over the initial ACT II wall without spending more than 800K in items.
I know that this won't work so well for ACT III, but I hope it helps you guys stuck farming butcher like I was. Cheers.
TLDR: Shop Smart, Shop S - Mart.