@d Trying to get a combo of plugins that worked for me always felt sisyphean, especially compared to editors that offered a superior, integrated experience, out of the box. Talking things like indexing projects for constants, autocomplete, decent file browser trees, etc.
I guess in the end I never thought it was worth it for the "nerd cred." I always felt plenty speedy working with tools like TextMate, ST, now vscode.
What do you use?