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New game, modding Skyrim

Years ago I added some mods to oldrim. Now I have special edition, and I tried but failed modding it last spring, just adding too much from a guide. So I tried again from another guide, 2x, and messed that up too.

So now I'm on a new guide, also too complicated for my experience. However I am a lot more familiar this time around with the various tools and lingo. If it all fails this time, and I start fresh again, it should go pretty smooth, and I'll cut out some of the less-important mods.


I'd say I've spent 10hrs this month following the guide. I've never finished Skyrim, but played 1,000s of hours, here we go again, if ENB works and I can change darkness at night.

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The best beginner guide is Tuco. This is also a good base if you want to build your own mod list, since it's pretty flexible.
After that, I used to recommend Nordic, but it's currently obsolete. There are plans to revamp it, but it hasn't happened yet.
Once you are familiar with the tools and scene, you can try Lexy's or LoTD Plus. LoTD Plus is basically Lexy's, but geared toward high end PCs.

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I tried the STEP guide, then Jaunton's, but thats incomplete so at the end I really failed, now I'm using phoenixflavour. I'm sure I shagged up some mods that should be merged, not replaced, when patching, etc. Overall it should work. I'm right at the end, wait no I'm not, the whole GAMEPLAY section of the guide is more edits/etc. Maybe I can skip most of it

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Ok so it's running, I probably should have used medium settings when I ran DynLOD for 3D trees, because now I'm only getting 50-60fps in the woods, near Morthal anyways. The trees look great tho. I have an i5-9600k and rtx 2070, so it's not like I'm not at the top end of setups.

Something's making everything look blurry too, I'm guessing it's the ENB or a weather mod. I can look at something far away or close by, and it's blurry, then a moment later it becomes crisp/clear. It's very annoying. Even stuff right in front of me can do it. IDK how much it's motion realated.

Now I'm not sure how to disable ENB, to check.

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Ok so it's running, I probably should have used medium settings when I ran DynLOD for 3D trees, because now I'm only getting 50-60fps in the woods, near Morthal anyways. The trees look great tho. I have an i5-9600k and rtx 2070, so it's not like I'm not at the top end of setups.

Something's making everything look blurry too, I'm guessing it's the ENB or a weather mod. I can look at something far away or close by, and it's blurry, then a moment later it becomes crisp/clear. It's very annoying. Even stuff right in front of me can do it. IDK how much it's motion realated.

Now I'm not sure how to disable ENB, to check.
That system should be fine for dyndolod high. You can make sure blur/dof is disabled in the game settings, it's kind of ugly compared to a good enb implementation and looks really bad if you have both the built in blur/dof and a blur/dof shader from an enb working at the same time.

As far as specs, I was able to run LOTD Plus (most demanding guide I've seen yet for PC requirements) with my sig rig at a comfortable 60 fps steady. The LOTD Plus guide maxes all graphics settings and adds several hundred mods - most with 4k or better resolution. Gaming, our rigs are pretty evenly matched, so I'd say you have plenty of horsepower for anything you want to throw at it. 4k @ 60Hz+ may be an issue, but 1440 won't have a problem with it.

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Ok and I have 16GB ram. In MO2 I edited the ini to set radialblur and fDynamicDOFFarBlur to 0 . It's still doing it, but maybe not as bad. But Just standing still things get blurred, like it's changing focus, so what's that, DOF ? And moving the mouse or walking/running causes motion blur for sure. And I HATE ANYTHING that makes a pretty game look blurry. I want to run around and have it all look crisp and clear and like the eye candy it should be.

What about fDDOFFocusCenterweightExt=2, I could try 0

Is this all new stuff in Sp.Ed ? IDK if free-sync is affecting the look/feel too. Yesterday before ENB and tree LOD changes, I was getting 120fps no problem, at least in Morthal itself.

I found enbseries.ini and seem to have disabled all DOF that way, thank god.

I don't like this ENB so far, seems to add a murky grey filter. I'd say I need to change the weather mod to try other ENB mods tho.


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Quote: Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo View Post
My opinion:
The best beginner guide is Tuco. This is also a good base if you want to build your own mod list, since it's pretty flexible.
After that, I used to recommend Nordic, but it's currently obsolete. There are plans to revamp it, but it hasn't happened yet.
Once you are familiar with the tools and scene, you can try Lexy's or LoTD Plus. LoTD Plus is basically Lexy's, but geared toward high end PCs.

I've used each of these guides in the past.
Holy Jebus. I was toying with the idea of getting back into Skrim with my high end rig and killer mods and took a look at the LOTD mod you linked. That has to take DAYS to get through! Not to mention the hundreds of slow downloads you need from Nexus. How long did that take you to get through?

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Holy Jebus. I was toying with the idea of getting back into Skrim with my high end rig and killer mods and took a look at the LOTD mod you linked. That has to take DAYS to get through! Not to mention the hundreds of slow downloads you need from Nexus. How long did that take you to get through?
I started by finding a long series I could kind of half watch on netflix, and plinked at the mod guide on my second screen over a period of 3 weeks or so after work (maybe 1/2-3 hours a day or so). I think that if real life wasn't an issue (work, kids, pets, sleep), and you had a nexus subscription (no dl cap), a person could probably knock it out in 3 or 4 days. My internet connection is kind of terrible, so nexus isn't much worse than normal. They're capped at 1mb/s for non-subscribers, and I can only hit 1.5-2mb/s anyway while streaming. FWIW the differences between Lexy's and LOTD Plus are fairly minor. If you are standing in 1 place looking at something you can see more detail, but during gameplay you won't notice anything other than a lower frame rate. The only time I would recommend LOTD Plus is if you take a lot of screenshots or videos, like if you are a modder who needs to show off something you built.

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I started by finding a long series I could kind of half watch on netflix, and plinked at the mod guide on my second screen over a period of 3 weeks or so after work (maybe 1/2-3 hours a day or so). I think that if real life wasn't an issue (work, kids, pets, sleep), and you had a nexus subscription (no dl cap), a person could probably knock it out in 3 or 4 days. My internet connection is kind of terrible, so nexus isn't much worse than normal. They're capped at 1mb/s for non-subscribers, and I can only hit 1.5-2mb/s anyway while streaming. FWIW the differences between Lexy's and LOTD Plus are fairly minor. If you are standing in 1 place looking at something you can see more detail, but during gameplay you won't notice anything other than a lower frame rate. The only time I would recommend LOTD Plus is if you take a lot of screenshots or videos, like if you are a modder who needs to show off something you built.
Man, i don't think I want it that badly. I'll check back in a couple of years when someone has created a huge 200gb download that is scripted to install everything for me! It's not that I'm lazy (I played the mod oblivion game-game for years and knew all the tools). Its just at 40 years old with VERY limited time to game, I would not undertake this. Good on you guys though!

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