I've been pretty faithful to your guidelines and I'm pretty happy with my new budget monk -- not including the Inna's set pants that were donated to me, I was able to completely re-gear my monk for a shade under 6M while sniping the AH for the past few days.
Aside from replacing gems (especially in my weapons), can you think of any additional areas that will bump up my dps? I'm looking for anything cost-effective that I might have missed.
Also, I've been trying to review builds of high-paragon level monks, but it seems that they are all mostly tempest rush builds for farming low MP levels. I simply can't afford that gear at the moment. Do you have any pointers re: skills and talents for my FOT build?
Thanks again for the great guide!
Glad it helped! Looking at your gear, I think you've done a great job. There's no piece that screams out to me "replace me!" Basically now you just need 'more' of everything - higher dex, crit, as, etc.
As for your build, I'm not at all the most knowledgeable person on the subject, but what you have looks good. I personally like using SSS because of the extra invulnerability it provides; some people say that it's not worth it because of the cooldown or the damage, but whatever ... it's very monk-ish :) I have also flip flopped back and forth between using Blind/Heal, and I'm sure someone out there has the math on which is better. You might want to give Ascension a try for your Serenity rune, the extra second doesn't sound huge, but it can be pretty helpful.
I wanted to ask a question.
I was looking through your guide on the front page and got to the budget sets, and I am confused. My monk (Monkey) has better items in every single slot than the 3M budget monk, yet is only pushing barely 60k dps (in his dps set, MF atm). More Dex, crit chance, damage, you name it. Even sports some bonus life on hit and life steal.
Anyway, than I hit the 90k dps budget monk, holy cow. Once again, most of my gear is better than what he has...yet he somehow at 90k dps.
What am I missing here?
Well, given that your profile has your magic find set currently equipped, it's hard to tell you what the difference is :P
Log out in your DPS gear and post when your profile is updated and I'll tell you what's going on.