The simple truth is that u will need money. Keep playing slowly building up your millions till u hit the lottery and get that item u can sell for lotsa millions.
U can use your new fortune to fully upgrade your monk to pown all content. You will need about 30-40 million gold.
I visited the ah and made a set. This time a set with higher quality items but still looking for the best cheap deals. All bought within 20 min. If u spend more time, u can wait for bids to run out;
Or have more choice when u check another day to get even better deals.
boots: 235 dexterity, 63 vitality, 51+31 resist buyout 1.8 million
shoulders: 133 dexterity, 128 vitality, 47+34 resist buyout 2.5 million
belt: 166 dexterity,132 vitality, 45 resist buyout 1.2 million
chest: 43 dexterity, 144 vitality, 44+48 resist, 3 sockets buyout 1 million
pants: 77 dexterity, 175 vitality, 52+40 resist ,2 sockets buyout 2 million
These core items, the boots, shoulders,belt, chest and pants are critical for a good build. Asmuch dexterity as possible is 1 priority, secondly u wanne have as much vitality on the also.
Last is resists. On almost all these items resist is fairly abundant. U should try to have about 80-90 resist per item. Vitality is very important as it will make building your monk for dps much easier.
Buying good items are fairly cheap, so everyone should be able to buy really good items.
Boots: stay around 230 dexterity, very easy to gain alot of dexterity and dps here. Main decision will be to get more resist or vitality. I would suggest to get more vitality instead of trying to buy boots with low vit and high resist.
Should not be hard to find decent boots, normally there is alot of choice. If u want runspeed on your boots, i would advise to drop vitality on boots then u can get good dps boots fairly cheap. This will only work if your other gear can support the loss.
shoulders: try to stay around 130 dexterity. Abit lower or higher is good. Fairly easy to find good shoulders, but keep looking for ones with high vitality. Most shoulders will have low vitality, do not buy these. I would suggest u keep looking for a good set with pickupradius.
One of your items needs pickupradius and is mostly easiest on shoulders. Its worthwile to spend extra money on very good shoulders with radius so u dont need to replace them in the future, unless u are lucky and find a good item with it on.
belt: i would always go single resist here, because belts are cheap and lotsa choice and u can have so much dps gain here by getting lots of dexterity and vitality. Alot of dps and survival very cheap.
chest: not really happy with this chest, prefer to have around 70-90 dex on the chest, but there was not alot of choice when i checked. Also like to have more vitality. Vitality 150+ is priority on chest with good amount of dex. There was a nice chest for 5mill, but for 1 mill this chest is
a better deal for the money.
pants: same as chest, gain as much vitality here as u can, coupled with good resists. The main mistake on chest and pants is buying without sockets and low vitality.
Most common mistake i see, is low dexterity on these items, too low vitality but alot of resists. Priority when buying these item is important. U want maximum dps with maximum vitality and depending on your money lastly as much resist.
dps items and crit chance providers
bracers: 128 dexterity, 57 vitality, 55 resist, crit chance 5% buyout 2.5 million
helm: 89 dexterity, no vitality, 38 resist, crit chance 5% buyout 2 million
gloves: 173 dexterity,34 vitality, 49 resist, attack speed 6%; crit chance 8.5 1.5 million
amulet: -9+9 dps , 94 dexterity, crit hit damage 52%, crit chance 6.5% 3 million
ring1: -32+56 dps, 69 vitality, 34 resist, crit hit damage 16% , crit chance 3.5 1.8 million
ring2: -14+33 dps, 56 dexterity , 47 vitality, attackspeed 5%, crit chance 3% 2.8 million
These items are were your dps comes from. So if u want to increase your dps, these items u will need to focus on. However if your core items are very bad then u will have a hard time building a strong monk.
Core items are very cheap and dps items are very expensive to buy. U can however fix this.
bracers: very important to try to max out the crit chance or close to it,every % of crit counts. So search above 5%. Besides that dont buy low dexterity bracers. I would go single resist as u will have more choice.
U want to get as much dps as possible here, so max dex and max crit chance, then get the best item u can buy with most vit and resist also on it. I liked some more vitality on these bracers but overal not bad.
helm: good helms are annoying to find, i tend to skip vitality to open up more choice. Again high dexterity and crit chance 5%+ is important. U need to pretty lucky to find a decent priced helm with vitality.
Keep looking daily,take your time to find a good helm. Stay above 70 dex and above 30-40 resist. Do not buy a helm with low crit because it has vitality or more resist. U want to gain crit chance here
gloves: most common mistake, buying gloves with low dex, search for asmuch dexterity as possible, getting a decent amount of vitality on shoulder is hard. Again here u want as much crit chance as possible search for 7-8%
Do not buy low crit chance gloves. Keep waiting till u find a good set. I prefer attackspeed on globes since its cheap 7-9%. If u have a big budget, gloves can have alot of crit damage, so u wanne get one with 40%+ crit damage.
Again buying gloves with low crit damage, u might be better off with attackspeed.
amulet: massive dps gains on this item possible. get as much dexterity, average damage, crit chance about 6%, u don't wanne search too high crit chance to give more options in items. Amulets can have high amounts of crit damage
so get 50%+ crit damage on it. A cheaper alternative might be attackspeed 9%. But for most dps get crit damage. To be able to have alot of choice, i tend to skip vitality and resist when searching. Search for crit damage, crit chance, average damage and dex.
If your lucky u can find a decent priced one with some res or vit also.
ring1: this rings has alot of average damage, the more of this the better, is about same dps then dex or even more at high gear levels. Not happy with the crit damage, a ring should have around 26%+ crit damage.
I tend to skip dexterity on this ring because i added resist. When searching for average damage, resist and crit chance 3%+. If u would add dexterity on the search u would get very few items and expensive.
ring2: again average damage is free dps, so always look out for it as much as possible. on the second ring i tend to go with crit chance and attack speed. Attackspeed is cheaper and also easier to find rings with vitality and dexterity when choosing attack speed.
its alot harder when searching for crit damage on a ring to have it vitality.
Rings are so versatile and i would buy those lasts to finish your gear, they have everything u want and u can search for many different combinations. If your low on vitality, u can find two rings with vitality. U can get one ring with resist and another without resist.
I tend to search for crit chance and attackspeed or crit chance and crit damage. However u can also find very good rings by maybe searching only for crit chance and taking alot of dex, vitality and average damage on them. So yeah, rings can give u everything u will need to finish your gear.
U can add some resists , some vitality or skip them and find better deals going for pure dps. It all depends on how good your core items are. Rings are excellent for filling the gaps in your gear. An extra boost of vit, resist, its all possible.
Returning back to the main point. If your core items have the correct stats, u will be more relax in choosing your rings and amulet. U will have more freedom in taking vitality or no vitality. This is realy important because finding perfect rings or amulets is hard and cost alot of monnies.
By being able to skip certain stats that make these items expensive, u can buy them cheap and have the same dps as an item that cost 50 million.
Being able to do high damage for little money is possible. If your core items are bad, u will end up too low vitality or resist.
To farm act3 easily, u want to be nNear 60k dps for smooth sailing,550+ resist,near 38k health and pickupradius.
I do not value resist much, since elites will die within 20 seconds and if u wanne do high dps and maintain high resist, u will pay 100 million extra only for 200-300 resist more. Which is clearly a waste of money. That money is better spent on even more dps gear that will make resist even less valuable.
I value vitalty more then resist, since certain mobs or large packs do hit hard that u need to be able to survive their hits. Loh will not help much if u get oneshot.
Resist help against casters, but casters are weak and easy to kill. If u do not focus them and let them shoot u offscreen then yes u will be dead fast. But 300 more resist will not prevent that either.
legendary echoing fury 928 dps 486-832 0.21 speed 159 dex socket buyout 3.5mill
sword 822.5 dps 351-824 74 dex crithit 58 socket 2.5mill
mace 890 dps 465-991 185 dex crithit 57 socket buyout 5 mill
the legendary echoing fury is a pretty good weapon even when it doesnt even have crit damage on it. Whats makes it so good as mainhand is that it also speed up your offhand.
U want to look for one with a socket as close to 1000 dps as possible, alot of dex and alot of extra speed on it. Mine had 0.21 but u can have 0.25 which adds extra dps.
Overal these are great weapons for a good price. 3.5 million is cheap.
as offhand i had two choices, going for dps or survival. i could use a sword with lifesteal which might be worth it for people to give up some dps and gain some survival by being able to gain life back.
Mostly needed versus molten elites or reflect damage.
Or take weapon with pure crit damage and as high dex and dps as possible. The big advantage of having an echo is that it makes slow weapons really fast and u can actually even use a mace as offhand. There are alot of maces for good prices and high dps on ah.
Offcourse u could also take a fast weapon as offhand but these are more expensive and harder to find the good ones. Basicly u can wield any weapon if your using an echoing fury. Even the slowest weapon will gain enough speed.
These weapons are not the best but still enough to make 60k dps. U don't need expensive weapons if your gear is strong and balanced. All dps items i bought are also very cheap.
total stats of the gear:
vit: 972 = 40000 health
crit chance 36.5
59.5k dps lifesteal
64.5k dps no lifesteal
Gearcost: 28 million, can be alot cheaper waiting on bids, snipes or checking during a week
extra costs: 5x 46 dexterity gems for 5 sockets
2x90 critdamage gems: 12 million
Hopefully people who need to upgrade some items, can understand from this wall of text what to look for and what to improve.
As u can see if u can find one good item, u should be able to make enough money to gear your character very well for act3 speedfarms.
I strongly suggest to invest in 90 crit damage gems, because u can take them out and use them on another character also. So they are a good investment and fairly cheap.
if u follow these guidelines and buy similar gear,u will be able to reach 60k+ dps and definatly if u have some paragon levels making it even easier.
This links to a google document online where u can enter your chars detail. There u can compare new weapons and gear to see dps gains. That way u can buy the best item for the best price. Once u understand how much damage each stat gives, u will have an easier time shopping.
update: here u can see all gear with stats on a virtual character
Edited by Deadlybonne, 14 September 2012 - 11:28 PM.