Its rather simple that only 2 classes wear plate armor gear in WoW, Warriors and Paladins. However as a Protection Paladin I'm realizing for quest rewards I'm been offered allot of plate armor, yet its just as confusing deciding which armor gear I should actually wear. I do think its when I get to 70 I have to make harder gear choices for stats. Most my gear is still green and some blue gear as rewards and I still find it hard to decide which of the plate armor gear benefits me the most for my play style. Can be tough deciding on a item with Agility & Dodge or Defense Rating vs another item with Stamina and Intelligence yet I need all of them.
I can mostly tell when when its Warriors plate armor, its not loaded with intelligence stats or mana regen or spell damage. Most my gear is still green. I've elected not to really buy any or much AH gear if I can help it (Gold Sink) and just pick up gear as quest rewards of beat it out of a mob on a loot drop since I'm going to replace it often anyway.
So I'm wondering, I know most Paladins depending on spec need lots of Stamina/Intelligence Plate Armor. As a Protection Paladin I need to absorb lots of damage, take the hard blows or dodge it with Agility if I can get it, but I also need to deal damage when I'm soloing quests. But what the hell do I do with Strength stats? I know it affects AP and help soften blows. But do I completely dump it from my armor? I know I need lots of spell damage and I pick it up in armor stats but on the other side what value is AP to me or does it have little or no value since I'm now relying more on spell damage? So which is it? Comments appreciated.
Edit: My play style is very much solo, group or tank when I have to for a Instance. But soloing is what I love to do, so that's lots of fighting mobs or many mobs at a time and having to deal damage.