So far I've managed to get to Act IV inferno with only a few near death experiences on my wizard, but toward the middle of act III I started to feel like I was ramping up toward a wall. The enemy HP's are scaling up beyond what I find comfortable to kill for certain kinds of elites. Even though I beat the act, it was a little hairy at a couple of points. I've never been to act IV inferno, so I have no idea if there's another leap in enemy HP, and I don't really feel like losing my character to find out. Thus I've set out to actually go about gearing my character up appropriately.
Problem is, I don't really know how to get my damage above around 30k without sacrificing my survival comfort zone. I see some other people with clearly well geared characters, but any one piece of extremely good gear seems to be beyond my financial reach (I can only make about 300k gold an hour comfortably right now, grinding out anything over a few million for AH sounds more tedious than I'm willing to endure).
So I have a few questions..
-Are there more efficient ways to build my character within a reasonably low budget?
-Would I be better off avoiding buying off AH and just farming the gear myself?
-Would it be worth sacrificing vit on gear for more int, or crit hit, etc?
-Should I focus more on +resist all, sacrificing some vit to do so (remember I'm cheap so I can't really afford both..)
-Is crafting via blacksmith worth doing for anything but set or high end legendary? It seems terrible with the 5-6 plans I've found so far.
-Is my base damage too low and my int too high? Should I be focusing on attack speed, crit chance, crit damage? What should my priorities be?
-Is there really no way around it, should I just grind out the gold/item farming for a few weeks to get some quality endgame gear?
These questions are just examples, not a complete list of things I'm curious about. I could just use help in general.
In my profile, replace Teleport with Diamond Skin - Crystal Shell.
I'm pretty happy with my skill build, but that doesn't mean I'm not open to suggestion. It doesn't costs more than time to experiment with that (with some exceptions like crit heavy builds I imagine). One thing I think I will change is Galvanizing Ward. 310 life per second just isn't scaling with my HP well. When I had 30k hp it was meaningful, but at almost 70k it's barely notable and I'm sure I could pick a more useful passive (One involving a % somewhere)
When providing advice, keep in mind that it's easy for me to go look up gear builds that are clearly very good, but as I said, out of my reach at the moment. I'm not looking for a shopping list of endgame gear I should be wearing, that's not terribly useful to me. What I am looking for are suggestions that will help ease me into being able to more comfortably handle acts 3-4 inferno solo. This way I can have a solid foundation with which to farm/gear up other characters.
My character profile seems to be up to date with the exception of the one skill so by all means, feel free to criticize.
I'd appreciate any advice you folks could give me.