I'm glad you've learned! My goal was to show people what is important for a DH and some possible ways of achieving it.
With 100m, you can definitely make this build work a lot better. Since your DPS is reasonable, I would suggest working on ways to get eHP up. Two places that need improving are your ammy and bracers. Both should have some sort of AR or vit (or both!), and your ammy should have a second trifecta. A super easy way to get higher eHP is with your helm. Consider getting a mempo kinda like mine. It's not particularly expensive and will give you a huge eHP boost with a small DPS loss. While andys is a nice and cheap source of DPS, it is a limiting piece of equipment. The fire damage and lack of socket (if you're into the high dex variety) is limiting. Mempos are basically the best item for headgear, both in terms of eHP and DPS.
Absolutely upgrade your manti. Either go for a higher DPS 2 soc with dex or a high damage and dex 1 soc. Mine isn't amazing by any stretch, yet it gave me an 8k DPS boost over my 1075 DPS 2 soc. You definitely need to get your HP up too. I would try to get another 15k at least, so that makes me strongly suggest getting a mempo with a vit gem.
At some point in time, you'll probably want to switch over to 3 piece nats. The extra CC and dex that comes with the set is excellent. Take a look at my sample build for the way I set everything up. I basically managed to get 7k DPS less than your current build with triple the eHP. Compare, mix and match where you can and I bet you'll be able to pull off a pretty nice build. If you have any more questions, let me know!
Yeah, that's basically how everything is. It's a dance between DPS and survivability. The best way I have come up with to deal with it is to concentrate certain items for certain roles. Having a little bit of everything on every slot is generally more expensive than dedicating the focus of an item slot to either DPS or eHP. While this clearly isn't ideal, particularly for high end DHs, it is a cost efficient way of doing it.
One mistake I see with your build (happens to tons of people) are your shoulders. While vile wards are great, they are only great if you have vit on them! You can find viles that are much better without going crazy on cost. The ones in my sample build were 5m I believe. They gave me 150 dex, 150 vit and 50 AR. While the DPS and AR is slightly lower than 99% of viles, the HP on there is higher than 99% of viles for only a fraction of the cost. This nets you a huge eHP boost at a minor DPS loss.
The next thing you might consider changing are your bracers. Yours are pretty nice, but strongarms like mine would probably give you the same DPS, yet much more HP. You don't need ones with the stats that mine have, but the %life on them paired with some vit and high dex will definitely help you.
Third is your belt and pants. I generally feel that if you're not going to use a 2 piece innas set, you'd better not skimp out on the belt and pants. By that I mean get high dex, high vit, high AR and definitely have socs. Innas is a great set to get DPS, but it seems that you're using those slots for eHP. Some day consider changing that!
Also, a cheap nats ring would boost your DPS significantly. Even the cheapest one you can get would be an improvement over your hellfire.
Once you get to level 60, come back here and I'll see if I can help you out. There isn't really a point in trying to optimize a build before you can equip the good stuff. If you have the gold or means to buy it, the build in the first post is a good direction to go in. It's a great starting point for new DHs that will give you good DPS and eHP.
You've got good eHP, so that's good! For rings, I basically look for something that has CD, CC and dex. Average damage is a great DPS bonus, but adds cost.Trifecta rings are a double edged blade. Good ones are amazing, bad ones are BAD. So basically, don't get a trifecta unless you get a really good one. I am of the opinion that a DH using a crossbow can make up adequate attack speed by using nats reflection, innas pants and a DML. If you're using a mempo (which you are), you're in even better shape. For that reason, I try to stick CD and CC on everything I can.
Good shoulders! I'M GLAD SOMEONE HAS CAUGHT ON! Your ammy definitely needs some dex on it, and maybe some vit too (though keeping the AR with all that will be pricey, so you might want to pick one or the other). Try getting a DML with a bit more AS vit and dex. They aren't too much if you don't care about the bonus (but you might since I see you do use bola). Some day, consider switching over to 3 piece nats. That will give you a good DPS boost. Also try upgrading your manti. Since you're using a 1 soc, try getting one with higher DPS. Overall, you've got a really solid build though.
That's brave! Well done, I'm glad to hear you've learned some things.
While I understand your reluctance to give up 5.5% CC, the stats you are interested in basically only come from mempos! So you're absolutely on the right track. A mempo would REALLY ease some of your eHP problems. Remember that while you are losing the CC, you gain attack speed, will get more dex (high dex ones are pretty common now), plus all the additional life and AR you'll get. I dropped my CC nats sight for a mempo last week. I wasn't sure about it, but now I don't even consider switching back. In fact, I stuck it in the AH today! Mine gave me over 100k eHP and added 9k DPS, merely at the cost of 20 disc. I wanted more disc, so I had to reduce the stats on my armour, but still came out with over 100k more eHP and 6k DPS more, and will likely profit once my nats sight sells. I suggest thinking about it, but it's all about what makes you happy! My mempo was either 30 or 40m (can't remember) including the gem. You can get ones without vit for MUCH less.
Next thing on the list are your shoulders. Viles are nice, but yours don't have any vit. That's crucial, so I suggest looking for rares with AR, dex and vit. You'll likely lose some dex and AR, but you'll get a ton more vit. With that vit gain, you'll be able to switch your vit gems out for dex gems which will result in more DPS.
Fair enough! Yeah, I can't stop suggesting mempos, especially for people low in eHP. They are just great. That's the right idea with the ammy. Next thing I would do is your shoulders (not sure if I said that before). That should get you tons of HP. Paired with a mempo and your HP and eHP will surely be at a point where you can start working on DPS again.
At this point, your eHP is getting into a great spot. You basically doubled it since I last viewed it on diabloprogress. You're at 260k right now. With that, I figure you can drop perfectionist for night stalker. Steady aim is great for farming (which should be on low MP) since you'll be able to nuke everything right away at a distance.
You're definitely heading in the right direction! Great job.
You've got a great looking build, so your budget should do quite a good amount of work! With that sort of budget, I would suggest you take a look at my actual build. Key parts to focus on are getting CD or CC on your nats ring, higher dex (or a higher end ring) on your right. A litany ring kinda like mine is a good option since it gives you CC as a base paired with good dex and AR. Getting CD or AS on there too is good, but increases the cost. I'd highly suggest getting a mempo like mine. The eHP you get from that is vital. With that, you could afford the eHP drop in changing your belt and pants out for innas. That will give you a great DPS boost. Also upgrade your bow. Either go for a higher damage 2 soc or a very high damage 1 soc, both with dex. Other than that, just try to improve all that stats on your items. There is room to get higher dex/vit/CC/CD on a lot of your stuff (though your CC isn't bad).
Good! Actually, the opposite is happening. Good things are becoming much cheaper now. Things I have been upgrading have lost 50% of their value, some even more. A few things retained their value, but for the most part, prices are plummeting.
Interesting choice of build. A build like this might have some validity in high MP, but I wouldn't use it for low MP farming. I'm more of guy who relies on putting out high damage with bolas (for elites) with gloom on so I can just sit there and facetank. For everything else, its just me putting out BL for AoE.
While your build may be viable, something that stands out for me is the l sack of AoE. I would personally pick either HA or bola as a hatred regen and then use BL for AoE. Reflect shouldn't be a problem if you're using gloom. I never die to reflect elites unless I forget to gloom by zoning out. Problem is that you don't have disc regen at all, so you'd get owned by anything with reflect.
Some people really like this type of gameplay, particularly since the latest patch. The only time I could ever see myself using spike traps is against ubers. For farming, that sort of gameplay suggests that you plan on spending too much time on each encounter. Don't get me wrong; there's far more than one way to play the game, and I don't want to discourage creativity. It's just not the sort of style I can see myself playing from both an efficiency and damage output perspective, so I don't think I'm the right guy to give you feedback.