I prefer playing with the HOTA/rend build, usually farm on mp8.
My budget is around 200 mil, but I don't really know how to spend it. I've been looking for upgrades for a while now, but none of them really seem worth it. Maybe my entire gear set is wrong? It feels like I've got a wrong set of items, because every time I have to really choose between dps or ehp. I try to keep them balanced, but I think I'm doing a fairly bad job at that.
First you should replace blackthorne's pants as they have no sockets, you could get a decent pair of inna's pants with 8% attack speed rather cheap. For your IK gloves, if you are playing duel wield then they could have attack speed as one of the bonus rolls and gems, you have like two gem slots Buy an IK chest with high vit and decent str, try and craft vit shoulders instead of str in the long run as these can roll much better. If you buy inna's pants i would suggest you also replace your boots with some high str and vit ice climbers.
Thank you for your advice, I will certainly take it under consideration. I didn't know sockets had so much value. I was wondering though, I don't want to lose too much crit chance because I love it when hota crits, is that stupid or not?
Sockets have so much value as each socket filled with a 58str gem adds roughly 5k dps. Your crafted chest piece is pretty decent but an IK chest with 180 base str and 200 vit will total around 350 str. Don't buy a cheap IK chest with low vit!!
I simulated some of the items from my barb on yours using d3up to give you an idea of what to look for:-
IK helm, 240 str, 48 vit, 6 crit +6k dps, +30k ehp (Vit gem in socket)
IK chest, 179 str, 217 vit +11k dps, +71k ehp
Rare pants 159 str, 223 vit 60AR, +1.7k dps +27k ehp
Ice Climbers 190 str, 133 vit, +4k dps, +73k ehp
Also your mainhand weapons really needs crit dmg. Search for str, crit dmg, life steal + socket, you should get a big dps gain here.
Yeah the gem in the helm is also a thing you should change, never even noticed that. As for the main hand, the best way to find one would be to try and snag one cheap that has just been posted on the AH at a cheap price, i have found many deals this way just for the fact people have missed a zero when posting! It should help you save a fair amount of gold. A wep i can suggest for a low budget would be The Butcher's Sickle, these can roll crit life-steal str and socket and i see 1050 dps ones rather cheap (10-15m) often enough.
well your gear choice really depends on what you wanna do. if you want to play
dual-wield its better for farming demonic essences, elites+champions and group play most of the times
2h is better for farming legendarys/XP but really works best solo and can suck quite a bit in group play, also its not very good for killing champ/elites
Looking much better in my opinion - you now have more dps, more vit and more ehp.
It's worth crafting gloves to see if you get lucky. There are various upgrade paths available such as inna's pants and WH belt if you wanted more dps, however both of these options are likely to lose you ehp and all resist.
@gingeranger, I've been trying to craft gloves for a while now. Think I've got over 100 crafts easily without success. Think I'll stick with the gear I have for now. Maybe save up for marquise gems. Can't wait for the transmogrify additions coming in the new patch, those ice climbers look good awful and those pants too