Well, you’re in luck! This is the solution to your problems!
Most of the builds/ guilds you see here will tell you that you should have X and Y pieces of gear and use A and B skills. These are min/max type builds with the appropriate gear.
You don’t need any of that. Just play the game with whatever gear you have, and with what ever skills you like to use. Until you get into Ultimate, it won’t really matter. The gear will come.
The best solution is to try out skills as you progress and then figure out which one’s you actually enjoy playing. You don’t need end game gear/ optimized build to play the game.
You can (and should) play the game around the gear you are finding. Use your augments/ components that you have access to. Use the best gear you have available to you. Keep killing mobs at the highest level you can.
At the end of the journey, you just need to be able to build a character you enjoy playing that (hopefully) can kill everything. Not all builds will be able to do all content. That’s the nature of this type of game. But you should always enjoy what you’re playing.
Here’s some general advice:
Weapon and Shield is more durable then dual wield.
Resistances are important.
Get your shrines and plan out your what you want to get.
Constellations are daunting! Try them out.
The only thing set in stone is your class(es) choice! (and a few faction choices) Feel free to experiment!
It’s okay to completely screw up your first character!
Play the game for a while before you consult a guide.
Invest in fewer skills that you enjoy. Focus your points early.