Reforging as close to the caps is essential for max dps, because that way you waste the minimal amount of stat points.Tools like Wowreforge are excellent for this matter.
I'm disappointed how many of you accuse any tool user to be idiots who don't understand their class. If you truly understand your class, you would know getting the stat weights and optimal reforges can't be done without using tools, and if you don't use them, you are missing out potential dps increases. I have nothing against using your own logic and target dummies as your tool of choice, but these are not the most accurate ones, and if you min/max, you have to use tools which are more precise.
@butu: well in the end those addon just do the same as you would do ingame, there's nothin it can do that you can not. if course you can save yourself time simming something rather than shooting at a target dummy for hours on end :-) I'm defenetly okey with that! especially secondary stats weightage is quite tricky, and it's helpfull to sim stuff.
I just don't like the "what shall I specc? which talents are best??? what shall I gear? how should I reforge?? wha'ts the rota?"-trend. people just blindly do what others say without thinking about it, which is sad somehow :-/
I think it belongs to the personal path of "getting to play your class to perfection" (in the sene of knowing your class thoroughly, I phrased it a bit elitisty)
to try that stuff out yourself.
@ Butu /facepalm
For the most part, yes. For others, I use this old timer setup called paper and pencil. I use the pencil to draw shapes on the paper that represent numbers. + is the sign used add numbers together. - is the sign to subtract numbers. They are much like the squiggly letters you are reading right now. Did you not learn about these things?
"Hunters view nature as a force with which to ally. They spend much of their time with an animal companion. The bond that forms between the two is rather strong. To attack either is to bring down the wrath of both. With powerful attacks in melee and at range, and a friend willing to put its life on the line at your command, the Hunter makes a potent addition to any group."