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I've just removed every single mod and I'm reapplying them through CK Workshop when they become available, plus I'm in no hurry to play the game with my new character... which I am still yet to make!
    
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Am I the only one that hasn't touched the High Res texture pack or anything from the workshop?

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I just like my game as is. At least on my home rig. Perhaps when I go back to work with my laptop, maybe I'll start anew and check some things out, but not really sure. wink.gif
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I wont be managing mods with two different programs, I prefer steam as it's easier to use - auto updates the CK subscribed choices I made and I don't get ugly exclamation marks in NMM telling me to update when there isnt an update. Everything will be streamlined and easy to manage especially if i have to reinstall.... steam just installs them! It's win win situation! lmaosmiley.gif
    
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After playing around 100 hours of Skyrim on my PS3, I still couldn't resist getting it on Steam for the price it's at now!
I've searched this thread and after the 20th page of flicking through search results for "mod", I've been unable to find anyone that specifies the "must have" mods.
I've looked around Google, and there are mixed opinions - could anyone put me out of my misery and tell me what the MUST have mods are? I'm talking mods that make the game look beautiful - is the Official HD Texture Pack Bethesda just released better than 3rd party mods such as Skyrim HD? Do I need to grab the 4GB RAM mod or did they fix that yet?
I'm no noob to Skyrim, but certainly a noob to the PC version. I'd love it if anyone could take 20 seconds to type the mods I need to make Skyrim look awesome on my PC. I can find the extra functionality (such as extra spells, etc) myself, I just need an answer as to how to make the game look better! smile.gif
No need for the 4GB patch, and no need for any Performance Optimization patches (like Skyboost or Skyrim Acceleration). In my opinion, basic must-haves are:
Mod List (Click to show)
"Wars In Skyrim IV" -- adds more NPC interactions in the way of battles. Makes it not-so-rare to come across battles between other NPCs while roaming the landscape.
"SkyUI" -- changes the Inventory/Magic menus to make a better use of Mouse and Keyboard
--- make sure you install the Skyrim Script Extender (http://skse.silverlock.org/) in order to get SkyUI to work.
"Lost Art of the Blacksmith" -- allows you to craft more items, and upgrade everything to Legendary (that previously could only be upgraded to Flawless)
"Quality World Map w/Roads" -- upgrades the map, and shows the roads so you have an easier time seeing where you are in relation to the path you should take.
"Vurt's Skyrim Floral Overhaul" -- increases texture quality of nature (trees, flowers, bushes, etc.)
I use Vurt's Overhaul with OpticShooter's Lush Trees and Grass:
Lush Trees
Lush Grass

Character enhancements:
"Coverwomen" -- Smooth-faced females with some makeup applied
"Xenius' Character Enhancement" -- overall quality increase; smooth faces for male and female



For the most part, this Top 100 list covers most of the popular ones. Obviously, they're not all must-haves...
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/top/alltime.php

I use many more, but it's all about finding what you want. I have about three times as many mods downloaded as I actually have installed.

Oh, also, here's a list someone put together of the Star Wars themed mods on the 'Nexus.
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=8004

Unless otherwise instructed, just unpack everything into your Steam\Steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data folder. The SKSE files go into the main Skyrim folder (where the game's .exe is located).
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I wont be managing mods with two different programs, I prefer steam as it's easier to use - auto updates the CK subscribed choices I made and I don't get ugly exclamation marks in NMM telling me to update when there isnt an update. Everything will be streamlined and easy to manage especially if i have to reinstall.... steam just installs them! It's win win situation! lmaosmiley.gif

I have difficulty adapting. If I get used to something a certain way, and it's working for me with little or no frustration, I have a hard time validating the change. smile.gif
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No need for the 4GB patch, and no need for any Performance Optimization patches (like Skyboost or Skyrim Acceleration). In my opinion, basic must-haves are: Mod List (Click to show)
"Wars In Skyrim IV" -- adds more NPC interactions in the way of battles. Makes it not-so-rare to come across battles between other NPCs while roaming the landscape.
"SkyUI" -- changes the Inventory/Magic menus to make a better use of Mouse and Keyboard
--- make sure you install the Skyrim Script Extender (http://skse.silverlock.org/) in order to get SkyUI to work.
"Lost Art of the Blacksmith" -- allows you to craft more items, and upgrade everything to Legendary (that previously could only be upgraded to Flawless)
"Quality World Map w/Roads" -- upgrades the map, and shows the roads so you have an easier time seeing where you are in relation to the path you should take.
"Vurt's Skyrim Floral Overhaul" -- increases texture quality of nature (trees, flowers, bushes, etc.)
I use Vurt's Overhaul with OpticShooter's Lush Trees and Grass:
Lush Trees
Lush Grass
Character enhancements:
"Coverwomen" -- Smooth-faced females with some makeup applied
"Xenius' Character Enhancement" -- overall quality increase; smooth faces for male and female
For the most part, this Top 100 list covers most of the popular ones. Obviously, they're not all must-haves...
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/top/alltime.php
I use many more, but it's all about finding what you want. I have about three times as many mods downloaded as I actually have installed.
Oh, also, here's a list someone put together of the Star Wars themed mods on the 'Nexus.
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=8004
Unless otherwise instructed, just unpack everything into your Steam\Steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data folder. The SKSE files go into the main Skyrim folder (where the game's .exe is located).

Wow, that's excellent! REP+

Any thoughts on the hi-res texture pack? Should I go for Skyrim HD, do you reckon? I suppose it would be easier to go along with what's on the Workshop on Steam so it's easier to remove/add things from the game rather than have to mess around with files. I guess the ones that are Nexus-exclusive will become available on there soon.
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Wow, that's excellent! REP+
Any thoughts on the hi-res texture pack? Should I go for Skyrim HD, do you reckon? I suppose it would be easier to go along with what's on the Workshop on Steam so it's easier to remove/add things from the game rather than have to mess around with files. I guess the ones that are Nexus-exclusive will become available on there soon.

The thing with the Nexus versions is I believe they are easier to mix and match from separate packs. The little understanding I have of the Steam Workshop is that mods are packaged into .esp files (loaded by going to Data Files in the Skyrim launcher) and as such, the entirety of the pack is loaded.

If you can find Skyrim HD, that's what I use (I say that because I just looked and didn't see it on the Nexus), but like I said, you'll just have to look at what all there is and pick. I think there are 4 or 5 all-encompassing landscape texture packs, but also many smaller packs that replace just a specific category of textures, like a Water Texture mod, or a Snow Texture, or the Sun Glare, etc. Heck, you can find a texture for literally everything, right down to wooden spoons and the Barenziah Stones. There are also Weapon (Jaysus' Weapons as well as Weapons of the Third Era) and Armor additions (such as the Triss Merigold Armor from The Witcher 2, with multiple color variations, and the Black Sacrament Armor is pretty sweet too).
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Wow, that's excellent! REP+
Any thoughts on the hi-res texture pack? Should I go for Skyrim HD, do you reckon? I suppose it would be easier to go along with what's on the Workshop on Steam so it's easier to remove/add things from the game rather than have to mess around with files. I guess the ones that are Nexus-exclusive will become available on there soon.


Use the pack as a base and mod away.

 

You'll need to edit your skyrim.ini though.

 

Overwrite the [ARCHIVE] section with the following so that the game loads your textures after the high resolution pack..

 

Quote:

[Archive]
sResourceArchiveList=Skyrim - Misc.bsa, Skyrim -

Shaders.bsa, Skyrim - Textures.bsa,

HighResTexturePack01.bsa,

HighResTexturePack02.bsa, Skyrim - Interface.bsa,

Skyrim - Animations.bsa, Skyrim - Meshes.bsa,

Skyrim - Sounds.bsa
 sResourceArchiveList2=Skyrim - Voices.bsa, Skyrim

- VoicesExtra.bsa

 

 

 

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The thing with the Nexus versions is I believe they are easier to mix and match from separate packs. The little understanding I have of the Steam Workshop is that mods are packaged into .esp files (loaded by going to Data Files in the Skyrim launcher) and as such, the entirety of the pack is loaded.
If you can find Skyrim HD, that's what I use (I say that because I just looked and didn't see it on the Nexus), but like I said, you'll just have to look at what all there is and pick. I think there are 4 or 5 all-encompassing landscape texture packs, but also many smaller packs that replace just a specific category of textures, like a Water Texture mod, or a Snow Texture, or the Sun Glare, etc. Heck, you can find a texture for literally everything, right down to wooden spoons and the Barenziah Stones. There are also Weapon (Jaysus' Weapons as well as Weapons of the Third Era) and Armor additions (such as the Triss Merigold Armor from The Witcher 2, with multiple color variations, and the Black Sacrament Armor is pretty sweet too).

I downloaded this one: http://www.fileplanet.com/223553/220000/fileinfo/Elder-Scrolls-V:-Skyrim---Skyrim-HD-2k-Textures-Mod-v1.3

...is that the right one? I got the one from the top of the list.

I've also downloaded:

Serious HD, Beautiful Skyrim HD (Clutter & Furniture), Beautiful Skyrim HD (Daedric Weapons), Realistic Lighting 2.4 with ENB, Highres Landscapes 2048x2048

Going to check out some from your list now.

From what I understand, the Nexus Manager automatically detects the mods that are installed? I guess I can install the mods then run the Manager and they'll all be in there or is something else required? Thanks for the help so far. smile.gif
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Use the pack as a base and mod away.

You'll need to edit your skyrim.ini though.

Overwrite the [ARCHIVE] section with the following so that the game loads your textures after the high resolution pack..

Awesome. Rep+. I'll do that as soon as my Skyrim finishes downloading, just getting my mods prepared! tongue.gif
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Yea that's the one, though there is a v1.4 out.

The ENB can be a bit taxing on some systems, and I have no experience with that, that's Milamber and Lifeshield's department wink.gif

With the Nexus Mod Manager, as long as you download using the "Download with Manager" button, will automatically itemize your list, and allow you to order it however you please (if for instance you have one mod that replaces 100+ textures, and another one that replaces only 10 of those same 100+, load the smaller one second, and it will override the bigger one on just those 10 textures). I don't use the manager, personally, as I just copy+paste what textures I want into my Skyrim\Data folder manually. It takes a little longer, but I feel like I have more control. Downsides are the pain it is to uninstall, and the space it takes up (since everything I have is on my HDD twice lol). I don't mind the space since without Skyrim installed I have just under 1 TB of HDD space.

If you downloaded some manually but want the NMM to detect them, you can manually add a mod onto the list, and you would select the actual .rar or .zip file itself as the mod, rather than unpacking it first.
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