i went from 3932AP to 3732 AP, i got more HP based uniques and got HP helm so i used 4 parts shell +9STR 1 chitin helm +9Health. HP went from 8000 with 2K scroll to 11000 with 2K scroll. I cant really notice the difference if you think about it most likely it comes down to getting one extra hit then before to kill an enemy. Go sword if you can barely any use Sword defence.