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So basically I have a ton (400+) of Inferno Essences, because I salvage every iLvl 61+ item with less than 1000 gold vendor price in hope for a Fiery Essence.

Now I want to "invest" those crafting materials in items. I know I have to buy a recipe eventually, but which one? My goal is to either get something good for my Demon Hunter or sell those items.

As Fiery Brimstones are rare and very expensive I wanted to go with rare items.

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I would like to point out that magic items no longer have a chance of salvaging into a Fiery Brimstone; Blizzard removed the chance in 1.0.3. –  Frank Jul 9 '12 at 17:24
    
Completely? I thought rares still have a 1:1000 chance to drop it. –  ayckoster Jul 9 '12 at 17:30
    
According to Blizzard's item guide, magic items have a 0% chance of gaining a Fiery Brimstone. Glorious Chopsword for reference. –  Frank Jul 9 '12 at 17:33
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I'm voting to close this question because it's too vague; anything you craft has the potential to be insanely good or utter crap. Trying to ground it by potentially selling it in the auction house makes the answer a moving target. –  Frank Jul 11 '12 at 13:57
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How, exactly, is this very specific? You're asking for a good item to craft; define good. Good to use? Depends on what class you're playing. Good to sell? That's a moving target and very much depends on what's currently in vogue in the auction house. Good for your Demon Hunter? Again, that depends on your build and playstyle. You haven't defined the scope of what you're looking for, which is why it's very vague. If you want to discuss this, I'm in chat. –  Frank Jul 11 '12 at 15:46

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As @yx. mentioned already, gloves are very popular for crafting as good rolls can add CritChance, CritDamage, IAS etc. - if you get all 3 of them, then it can be very profitable. The 6 property Exalted Grand Sovereign Vambraces recipe is extremely expensive, an alternative may be the 5 prop version - now that crafting costs have been reduced for 4/5 prop recipes, you can get double the attempts to get a good item for the same cost. Unfortunately, the 5 prop gloves has also skyrocketed from around 350k to 1m+ since the cost reduction.

Some things to keep in mind when choosing a recipe:

Don't invest in weapons: Very unprofitable to craft these; as they must have a few properties to be worth anything at all. viz., +dmg as well as +%dmg at a minimum, and preferably +CritDmg as well - if not, then it is just vendor food.

Don't go for class specific items: If you follow the previous point, this only applies to wizard hats, demon hunter cloaks etc. The reason is that you need a more specific roll for these, e.g.:

  • Wizard hats must have Int on them; a good roll of 200 Str 150 Vit would be awesome for a barbarian but is useless for wizards.
  • Demon Hunter cloaks need +Dex, a high Int roll isn't enough

So, what is left? Basically ...

Non-class specific armor is your best bet to get more chances of a useful roll where you can try to recoup costs; while you wait for the amazing combos that earn you millions.

Now, among the various slots which ones to target is affected by awareness of the other choices available for that slot, and the importance of specific affixes. The ones I consider as comparatively worse investments and a reason why, are:

  • Head: Helm of Command is considered BIS (best in slot) by many due to the added block chance.
  • Shoulders: Seven Sins, another craftable unique, is BIS for this slot
  • Boots: Everyone wants these with +Speed; esp. ranged classes. So you need that one stat along with other high rolls to have a very valuable craft.
  • Belt: Melee classes consider String of Ears as BIS, meaning 2/5 of your potential clients will not be as interested in good rares for this slot.
  • Shield: I believe the i63 Sacred Shield with highest block rate & absorption (and +Block Chance) is preferred here; and as with all i63 items it is not craftable.

Unless you want to be a dedicated crafter (and are very rich already) the 6 property recipes are out of your reach. Gloves are a popular choice so you can consider 5 prop vambraces; unsure of the market for rare chest armor or bracers but they might be a cheaper alternative.

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fyi String of Ears is not BIS. A high stat belt with high phys/all res trumps SoE, but those are extremely rare/expensive. –  z ' Jul 9 '12 at 21:32

As you can tell by the price of the recipies in the AH, the most profitable none legendary craftable right now are the gloves (sovereign vambraces). But due to this popularity, a single 6 prop recipe currently runs for a cool 36-40 mill.

Boots are probably second most profitable (you want ones with high stats/res and movement speed).

In general, the most profitable crafting recipe is the helm of command but that's a legendary.

Personally I just sell my crafting materials for gold and use the gold to buy what I want as exquisite essences can sell for 1-2k.

I would shy away from crafting weapons since they are all ilvl62, which means their damage won't be as high as the findable ilvl 63 weapons. But for armor, ilvl 62 can still get you some good mods, which are usually more important than the armor defense value.

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hah speaking of soverign vambraces, just found a 5 prop one today –  z ' Jul 9 '12 at 22:55

I personally have crafted a lot of items (the recipes for the rare helm, shoulders, shield) a lot of times and most of the time these items were not even sellable due to bad affixes...but you'll end up with something you want sooner or later (seems like it is later for me). I've dumped a lot of gold into crafting an item to replace the one I had, and thinking back I should have just used GAH instead of dumping 500k gold into crafting.

The recipes I used were +4 affixes so you should think about buying +5 or even +6 affixes. The recipe will require more materials of course but in the end it will be all worthwhile since you'll have a lot more chances to get the affixes you really want.

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