kk, so its bladebuckle + rare armour versus blinkbats + rare belt.
Bladebuckle: Very high strength requirement, low stats, no life/resists. Only thing going for it is 30% fhr.
Rare armour: 24% fhr | 98 life (socketed) | 30 fire resist | 30 cold resist. Good luck getting one with these mods +stats
So this gives: 54% fhr | 98 life | 30 fire/cold resist | 10 dex | 5 strength doesnt erally count because you wont be using an item with more than 60 str req anyway. Oh, and defense (in this case) is insignificant.
In the blue corner:
Blinkbats: Low str req | 40% fhr | 10% frw
Rare belt: Low str req | 24% fhr | 60 life | 20 str | 30 fire/cold resist | Ok this belt would be kinda pricy but since the rare armour is socketed, im sure this would be of equal value
So this gives: 64% fhr (10% more than other setup) | 60 life | 20 str (which inturn = 40 life, 2 more than a Pruby gives | Equal resists | Much lower str requirement, since ideally 45 str (magefist) should be all you need.
Well there you have it, rare belt + blinkbats > bladebuckle + rare armour. With the extra 10% fhr, you can opt to use an item that doesnt have fhr, but excellent other mods, e.g. boots.
So 20 str does count as 40 life when it's in a rare belt, which you seem to prefer, but 10 dex and 5 str don't count because they are in a Bladebuckle.
Not to mention you could use another(temp) str item to put on the Bladebuckle while you only have 55 str without it, it would keep itself 'active'.
Rare armors can also have str, I've seen them up to 14, so why doesn't the rare armor in this equiasion have the same rights as the belt ? A right to str.
They can also have dex, but that would make the armor harder to find and perhaps a unfair comparison to the belt. But, since we are talking max items, why not add that aswell ? So another 9 dex right there, which gives the Bladebuckle + rare armor a total of 19 dex and 19 str, which would mean 38 statpoints converted into 76 life ?
Good luck finding that 24fhr,60life,20str,30f res/30c res belt btw.
Just wanted to point out some inconsistancies by which your subconsious attemted to stear the readers towards your choice gear.
Me, I wouldn't mind having either of those rares, I am considering just making a bladebuckle+blinkbat+ward sorc just to upset everybody.
Be needing a 10fhr helm and boots to make the bp though.
Guess this won't be for my perfect dueling firesorcy though, I'll see.