Maybe the Argon sector is neutral in your game and their equipment dock is missing. Do you actually see a location which would buy the shields?
- "cargo load" is at "max"?
- "wait for cargo" is at "no"?
- min price is below or equal to "5.192"?
Ore and Silicon seem to be fairly close. I'd say 100 is too rare to be considered average. How i handle this:
120+ is great. I always spend a factory slot on this.
90+ is good. I try to build a mine but sometimes i want something else in this sector.
About 50 is roughly the minimum i go for. Used in pure mining sectors with like 8 mining stations.
Below 50 try to avoid if you have other options. (yield 50 silicon can exactly support 2 tech factories, chips, crystals, and the like)
Fun fact: Ore seems to have a yield threshold for when the factory production rises to a higher speed. I don't know the exact levels, but i have placed mines on different yield asteroids and they've shown the same ore production cycles. Silicon has an exact formula, meaning a yield 78 mine displays faster production than a yield 77 mine.
NIvidium yields are irrelevant, afaik. It may improve profits for mobile mining fleets.
As Panda hinted, i like fighters. Not because i wouldn't need to compensate for something, but because they are your best option to achieve impressive firepower early on. Even if capships are easier to handle, you don't get enough of these toys for a very long time. In the end i use a mix of ships. But for the love of god, i can't wrap my head around M6. Never know which weapons would be best for them. Their profile is big enough to get hit by M2's at long ranges and somehow they always end up taking hull damage before they jump out. Their price tag and building times seem to be very hefty for that. I believe this is mostly due to their relatively high speed which gets weighed in much in the ship cost calculation. They are very good playerships, but other than that i don't seem to be capable of using them very well.
I have seen some very impressive M6 MLCC swarms which layed waste to whole OCV sectors in LU. But i wager (in sector) a fighter fleet would totally wreck an equally expensive M6 fleet any day