Perhaps the most common type of thread on these forums is the "I need help improving my gear" variety. Most of the time, these threads come from people whose characters are struggling through Inferno for the first time or are struggling with the lower levels of Monster Power (MP). This thread is aimed at those types of players. If you're working your way through MP 5+ or you're wondering how to get from 98k dps to 105k, this thread is probably not going to be your cup of tea.
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to write this guide. I feel like I’ve got a lot of good information that can help a lot of people, but trying to get everything written down made everything seem bloated, clumsy, and overly verbose. Nobody wants to spend 8 hours reading through a guide, most people want quick and easy advice.
So with that in mind I’m splitting this guide up into two sections. The first section will be the TL;DR section where I just tell you what to look for in general, the second section will deal more with general gearing philosophies and the like, and the third section will be an example of creating a budget set. So without further ado (or rambling):
Section 1: TL;DR
Here’s what you want to look for in each spot, keeping in mind that you want about 30-40k health, double stacked resist where possible, and as much Dexterity as possible:
Hat: Socket (for exp gem), crit chance (max is 6)
Amulet: Combination of XX-XX dmg, crit chance (max is 10), attack speed (max is 9), crit dmg (max is 100)
Chest: 3 sockets
Gloves: Combination of crit chance (max is 10), attack speed (max is 9), crit dmg (max is 50)
Pants: 2 sockets
Bracers: Crit chance (max is 6)
Rings: Combination of XX-XX dmg, crit chance (max is 6), attack speed (max is 9), crit dmg (max is 50)
Boots: Movement speed, in an ideal world
Weapons: Native crit dmg, high dex, open socket
On Rings and Amulets, pay close attention to min/max damage. They actually add a lot more damage than people realize (for me, roughly 1 min/max dmg = 1.75 dex = 2% crit dmg), and are therefore usually underpriced.
That’s basically it. The most important thing of all though is USING A DAMAGE CALCULATOR. Is the bold/all caps working? Seriously, if you don’t want to waste your money, use one. They’re included at the end of the guide.