I set a limit at 100k per item and I needed to fill all 13 slots. I bought 12 of the items and the topaz gems for a total of 1,229,002. I already had the andariel's visage and the star emerald, but a search of the AH shows that you can buy an equivalent Andy's for only 30k. (http://i.imgur.com/QaW3S.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/bvF3Y.jpg). Star emerald's are selling for 650k. That brings the total to 1,909,002. Of that, obviously a third is the star emerald and you could save another several hundred thousand gold by just using a slightly worse gem. I doubt it would make much difference.
Here is the character: http://us.battle.net...-1475/hero/1467
Here is a screenshot showing stats: http://i.imgur.com/4xGBO.jpg
Here is the screenshot of the AH page showing all the items and their prices: http://i.imgur.com/T4WCT.jpg
Here is the two part video showing an Alkaizer run:
Part 1 - https://www.youtube....h?v=CxklfGpq3mU
Part 2 - https://www.youtube....h?v=23mxZR5AToY
This run is pretty representative. Over a few runs I was finishing them in about 12-13 minutes and netting over 7mil XP, for a total of around 33-35mil XP per hour. Keep in mind this is without a ruby.
Defense - I needed enough EHP for force armor to reduce most/all hits on MP0 to no more than 35% of my life. That is only about 75k EHP for MP0 (http://www.diablofan...nd-breakpoints/). I ended up with 108k, which is overkill obviously and means my gear would have been plenty even if I was paragon level 0.
Movement speed - 24% was non-negotiable for efficient farming and maintaining Archon.
Offense - After the previous goals were reached, the rest of the gear was focused on maximizing DPS. However, that also needed to include substantial crit chance so that I could reset Archon with energy twister if it fell off.
Goals for each slot:
Helm: Andy's was the obvious choice here. Nothing else affordable gives that kind of offensive firepower in this slot.
Shoulders: These can't carry any offensive stat besides int so I devoted this slot basically to defense with a lot of vit and some resists.
Amulet: This is a big DPS slot. Crit chance and int were mandatory, but attack speed and crit damage were too expensive. So I got a combination of int, crit chance and +dmg, which was very cost effective.
Gloves: Another big dps slot, so defensive stats were ignored here. Just focused on the most int, crit chance, and crit damage that could be had under 100k.
Chest: This is a good slot to pick up vit, since it naturally spawns high on this slot. 3 sockets were non-negotiable, but I got lucky with a little MF.
Bracers: Lacunis were non-negotiable because 24% movement speed was a priority. But I was able to find some with 9% IAS and a decent bit of int.
Rings: Like the amulet, crit chance was necessary and crit damage and IAS were too expensive, so these had a combination of int, crit chance, and +dmg.
Belt: Int and vit proved too expensive, so I picked up one with decent int and a bunch of strength and some resists. The strength provides armor which is boosted by energy armor.
Pants: Like the chest, a good slot to pick up your vit, and sockets are non-negotiable. Found a pair with some resists as well.
Boots: 12% movement speed was non-negotiable, and I wanted a decent bit of int. The firewalkers turned out to be a good deal, and the fire effect is nice for breaking stuff like doors in Archon.
Weapon: This needed to have lifesteal, because that's necessary for Archon, as well as a socket and natural crit damage to take advantage of all the crit chance on the other slots. So I just searched with those parameters and a max buyout of 100k
Offhand: Triumvirate was the obvious choice here, even without a black weapon. Naturally high int and crit chance combined with the large boost from the +ele damage which benefits from the +dmg on my jewelry. It blew the comparable rares out of the water.
Hopefully somebody finds all of this helpful!
(FYI this is a crosspost that I also made on reddit: http://www.reddit.co...nder_2mil_gold/)
Edited by Morphos, 04 November 2012 - 09:34 PM.