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kcrupp

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Re: [Skyrim] Modded Skyrim looks amazing

I notice that Greenman has Skyrim for 33% off. I've seen it for less, but not lately.

Activates on Steam.

»www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/p···-skyrim/



warlock56
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I added all of the mods you listed here to my own install and I didn't get the same results. One thing I noticed as I was activating them in the Nexus manager was that some of them would ask to overwrite a certain file that was already installed from a previous mod. I just said no to anything like that for the whole mod, but how do you keep them from stepping on one another like that?

The ones that do appear to be working I can see an improvement, but still not quite to your level of the screenshots you posted.
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Did you install the ENB?

As for overwriting, click Yes all the time. I never had issues, and most mods are meant to work together. Never had an issue.



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I stopped playing with an ENB installed because the bloom and vignetting were driving me mad. The games looks less photorealistic now but it's still gorgeous so it's a trade-off.

Some modders have done a great job at retexturing armors and weapons. If you look at the original size of the 100% crop screenshots, you'll see very little blurry pixels.

Haven't bought Dragonborn yet, but Dawnguard is AWESOME. Being a vampire lord is stupid fun. I hated being a werewolf because you couldn't transform in and out at will. Now that this problem is resolved, it's a lot easier to feel badass and cosplay your way through Dawnguard as if it were an Underworld movie. CUE KATE BECKINSALE IN LEATHER TIGHTS PLEASE.

You get the glowy Sith eyes when you become a vampire lord, too.

The armored fur cap is a mod, as is the cloak. All craftable. The armor is the Deadric one. I found a backpack yesterday that increased carrying capacity in a dungeon, then downloaded a mod to craft better looking ones. AFAIK cloaks and backpacks are in the vanilla game (though possibly added by one of the DLC, not sure). I have a 608 carrying capacity now. So practical!

Dawnguard also added arrows crafting, thank god. New dragonbone arrows are now the best you can get.

Skyrim modded as it is is just a perfect game. Flawless. With all the interface tweaks, it could not be improved upon. I hope CDProjekt is listening to us. I think I will post a detailed thread on their forums with screenshots to show them how it is done.
If TW3 really is going to be Skyrim in Geralt's world they need a much better interface.

Here's a good example of the effectiveness of the fire effects mod. My dragon is on the left.


On top of a dragon before I split his skull open. lucky screenshot.

me1212

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Those shots have convinced me I must reinstall this and get all the mods you have and play EVERYTHING. Welp I'm failing college this semester.



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said by me1212:

Those shots have convinced me I must reinstall this and get all the mods you have and play EVERYTHING. Welp I'm failing college this semester.

It certainly re-invigorated my passion to play games. Don't know how long it'll last, maybe 20-30h, but it's so much fun, completely worth it.

FYI if you get mods you can still get the new Bethesda 4.7GB HD texture pack (via Steam only). Skyrim Nexus even brought out an unofficial patch to fix the mesh and texture problems. Make sure you load their textures BEFORE any textures you got from the Nexus since they're better 99% of the time.

If you combine my Skyrim and mod folders, we're at 32GB. I think the vanilla game, when freshly installed from Steam, is at 17GB. So it's obviously a lot of added textures but the results speak from themselves.

If you're going to get all these mods and want to get the game and play like this from start, I highly recommend you get a Skyrim Nexus Premium account. You get uncapped and unlimited downloads, it'll make downloading those 15GB of mods and textures A LOT LESS painful. You could theoritically do it all in one night with a good enough connection, and be off to play the next day.

Make sure you follow the nvidia guide to improve your graphics (provided you have an nvidia card). The adjustments they propose make a HUGE difference. You'll need the mods + nvidia inspector + edit .ini files (skyrim.ini + skyrimprefs.ini) to get the full effect.

Like I said if you are starting from scratch it'll take a few hours, but do it right and you'll get 100 hours of gorgeous looking and fun gameplay afterards. I wish I was new to Skyim just so I could experience the game like this for the first time.

Non graphical mods that are VITAL or HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:
MUST - Categorized favorite menu
MUST - SkyUI
MUST - High Quality Maps
HR - Player Home Markers (allows to instant travel to any of your homes)
HR - Clock in the loading screen (easier to keep track of your game hours. I got to bed at like 4:00AM yesterday after I lost track of time. Girlfriend thought I was passed out in front of PC working)

SkyUI is simply amazing. AMAZING. Truly. I remember its first iteration and the things they have done... it's perfect. Categorized favorites is a must too, because it uses your entire screen to list your favorite stuff by categories. When you play at 2560x1600 and have a lot of pixel real estate, you appreciate stuff like this.

Let me know if you need help with the modding.

PS. Do not put uGrid at over 7, and forget using High Quality Ambient Occlusion at high res (Difference between Quality and High Quality is like 20 fps for me... it behaves like ubersampling in The Witcher 2. Huge performance hit for very little improvement). At smaller res (like 1680x1050) you'll want AO to HQ, which can only be enabled via nvidia inspector. Best you can set via nvidia control panel is quality.

When you're in Vampire Lord form you can actually fly (hover). When sprinting you go really fast, faster than horse galloping or any sprinting. My new favorite mean of travel


Here: Shadowmere, Odahviin and a Vampire Lord go to a BBQ.


warlock56
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said by TigerLord:

Did you install the ENB?

As for overwriting, click Yes all the time. I never had issues, and most mods are meant to work together. Never had an issue.

ENB? Sorry, I haven't used mods very much on Skyrim so I'm still somewhat new to all of this. Just getting the Nexus manager up and running I see now how useful this one tool is.
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said by warlock56:

ENB? Sorry, I haven't used mods very much on Skyrim so I'm still somewhat new to all of this. Just getting the Nexus manager up and running I see now how useful this one tool is.

Yeah sorry, should have elaborated.

There's two ways to enhance Skyrim:
1. Via mods (new textures or scripts), direct game file changes (ini files) or via nVidia Control Panel (it basically bypasses whatever the game tells the GPU and runs it according to our specifications).
2. Via ENB

ENB is a project a russian started which allows to make changes to the graphics engine of a game but without having access to it. It injects code for post-processing after the fact. You will need to download the appropriate ENB version (all you need is the d3d9.dll) depending on which ENB config you want: »www.enbdev.com/download_mod_tesskyrim.htm

All these ENB config files do is basically change the way Boris' ENB acts. It allows to add stuff like SSAO, FFXA, and other complex lighting schemes. Then in game you can enable/disable the ENB with shift+F12. You'll need an ENB config to get that realistic light.

The best way to start modding is first work your way through Nexus Manager then find an ENB config you like. You'll need to look at screenshots and videos to find an ENB you like.


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OK I spent my off day testing ENB and this is the one I recommend: »skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/15551

Use this with Realistic Lighting Overhaul and IMAGINATOR to fix the colors to your liking.


Breezehome

There is a zero (0!!!) FPS hit with this ENB for me. And without it, it's impossible to get that kind of lighting.



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While most of the screenshots above looked nice, nothing made me want to start playing this again... but the last one with the lighting is just wow. I just might have to start it up again.

Wonder how much my poor CPU will be able to handle.



bunsenburner
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reply to TigerLord

And now for something completely different.

Breezehome (and guest):


DeViLzzz

join:2004-07-29
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Well when I tried to run any high rez texture pack all the game did was crash. The one I ran was one from Steam. It updated 1 file and still crashed. Btw I have an i5 2500k and a GTX 670. How horribly will I be able to run this game with mods ?



Malbojia

join:2006-05-25
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Well this has convinced me to get back into the game. never got around to completing the main quest line.

A couple of questions in general:

Tigerlord I see your using multiples of water, landscape and city texture packs.

What was your install order for those. Perhaps if you could share your ESM priority list it can help us.

As to the body mods and armor's. Are you using UNP and CBBE at the same time? Maybe I'm not understanding correctly but from reading there descriptions. It would seem you can only use one or the other for bodies. So in essence how is Inmersive Armors been used if it's only for UNP and CBBE Body is installed. Wouldn't clipping occur on the body to armor pieces.

Either way it looks all these pics look awesome. I have the majority figured and I'm using the nexus mod manager for all mods compatible with it.

Me hopes my system doesn't take a dump.



TigerLord
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I've found load order doesn't matter at all as long as you follow these rules:

Load all official content first

Realistic Lighting and Realistic Lighting Patcher should appear in that order.

Otherwise install order didn't matter, Nexus Mod is amazing at handling it!



bunsenburner
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BOSS is where it's at regarding load order management, mod compatibility, and what not.



Malbojia

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It certainly does help to make sure things are in the proper order or else textures for ground could be overwritten by mod b that's installed.

Thanks on the tip on BOSS bunsenburner. It has fixed the snow problems I was having.

Last but not least Tigerlord, allow to me say that what happened to your new video card sucks. I've been burnt by NCIX on a Asus P5K RMA with a well known chasis intrusion detection issue. Asus honored the RMA and not NCIX.



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said by Malbojia:

Last but not least Tigerlord, allow to me say that what happened to your new video card sucks. I've been burnt by NCIX on a Asus P5K RMA with a well known chasis intrusion detection issue. Asus honored the RMA and not NCIX.

Zotac came through so I'm thankful for that. I should be able to sell the card at a minimal loss. Better than a 500$ paperweight. And fuck NCIX. Never will they see my dollars again.


Malbojia

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Well I would love to grab it off of you but with a EVGA 560 TI 448 Ultra powering my games at 1680x1050. I've been perfectly fine since last year. That 680GTX 4GB is simply overkill unless I buy 2x 24inch screens lol.