Corax PVE: DPS or Shield?

I am stuck between two fitting variants:

1st with more EHP:

[Corax, John Porterhouse’s Corax]
Mark I Compact Shield Power Relay
Ballistic Control System II

1MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Small Shield Extender II
Small Shield Extender II

Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher

Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Core Defense Field Purger I

2nd with more DPS:

[Corax, *John Porterhouse’s Corax]
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II

1MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner
Small Shield Extender II
Small Shield Extender II
Small Shield Extender II

Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher

Small Core Defense Field Purger I
Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I

Which should I use for lvl 1 and 2 missions? I will finish the SoE arc soon, I’d like to start mission running then and maybe other pve stuff (not sure what, combat sites maybe? I am mostly new to this).

So more DPS or more shield? I feel more shield should not be necessary, I have a range of about 55km with these light missiles. On the other hand I don’t know how much overkill those missile volleys are anyway.

Lvl 1 missions pose almost no threat to you, so dps all the way.

Lvl 2 is much harder. You can try dps at first, but don’t be surprised if you end up switching to more shield.

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Your range is roughly 50Km with light missiles +/- depending on skills. This will let you kite the missions beyond range of most rats. The ship is cap stable so you can keep the AB running and use speed to increase your tank.

You’re DPS is adequate for level 1 missions but is marginal for level 2 missions. You’ll need more than 100 dps to take down Dagan at the end of the SOE Epic Arc and I’m only showing 138 dps in Pyfa on a character with excellent light missile skills using T1 kinetic light missiles. You might need faction missiles to break Dagan’s tank.

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Using destroyers for L2 is a waste of time. go cruiser (caracool)

I would forego most tank in a L1, besides a few buffer mods (MSE instead of small) .

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