The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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legs0fsteel Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:56am
What mods are ''essential''
so i havn't played skyrim in more then a year and i kind wan to play again but in the time i've been away i'm sure a lot of mods have come out that make the game better

I'm talking abut mods that make the game ''better to play'' things like UI mods fixes for the framerate dropping better animation for combat or even stuff that makes the game look a lot better, Not the mods that add new areas or silly mods like all bears no are hostile and explode on impact maybe later but i never beat the game and i want to do that first.

It would also be cool if you could let me know if i can actually run all the mods with this PC:

Windows 7 64Bit
GEForce 770 gtx
Intel i7 3.4 Ghz
16GB of RAM

Thans in advance
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Wasteland Miku Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:02am 
no mod is essential
the unofficial patches are "good to have" - see the pinned topic about this
As for your rig playing it. NP even on Ultra. As for the essentials. Everyone is differnt and so there will be lots of opinions. Soon you will be running around Nexus and the workshop for all your wants.
Mister E Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:15am 
I often recommend starting with just SkyUI at most, and probably the unofficial patches. Beyond that, I often find annoyances in the game and then look for a mod to fix it. Personally, I like some of the item re-weighting mods and bandoliers to help avoid getting overloaded so easily. I've recently started using Smartcast as well, which is cool.
CMDR Herne Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:20am 
Last edited by CMDR Herne; Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:21am
Ygolnac Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:28am 
I never used SkyUI and Unofficial Patches. SkyUi needs SKSE, and i had to wait the new version for every patch, and the Unofficial Patches, well, never felt the need to install them.

In my opinion modding is to take away annoyances and add features, and this you discover as you go, so a fresh unmodded start is my suggestion.
legs0fsteel Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:31am 
Originally posted by Bob:
Originally posted by NightCore:
no mod is essential
the unofficial patches are "good to have" - see the pinned topic about this
Originally posted by Mister E:
I often recommend starting with just SkyUI
I agree with NightCore, but if you're going to get what's listed above, then I suggest this as well:
SKSE V1.7.0 --> LINK[skse.silverlock.org]

Eventually, you're going to wind up needing it. It also will become useful if Steam has another brain-fart like last week. Having SKSE saved a lot of members here that use it, instead of the Skyrim Steam Launcher. :honkhonk:

I am VERY new to mods so plaease forgive me but wht is SKSE?
Wasteland Miku Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:36am 
Originally posted by legs0fsteel:
Originally posted by Bob:

I agree with NightCore, but if you're going to get what's listed above, then I suggest this as well:
SKSE V1.7.0 --> LINK[skse.silverlock.org]

Eventually, you're going to wind up needing it. It also will become useful if Steam has another brain-fart like last week. Having SKSE saved a lot of members here that use it, instead of the Skyrim Steam Launcher. :honkhonk:

I am VERY new to mods so plaease forgive me but wht is SKSE?
SKyrim Script Extender
it expands the script options for modders.
short version
Check out http://www.tesgeneral.com/ for a heavily opinionated take on what mods are worth using.
See here: http://skyrimgems.com/


I usually don't tell ppl which mods are essentials as that will steer people to use a defined set of mods, and thus they will not check out any of the alternatives.

For example:
Most people will say to use "Realistic Needs and Diseases" for their "needs" mod.
But if one were to do this, and assume RND is the greatest and best "needs" mod out there [since it is the most popular]; then I find that most ppl do not even venture out to try any of the other "needs" alternatives [which can be better than RND].
Last edited by ᴿᴺᴳ Dr. Shocks - DO; Mar 27, 2014 @ 11:50am
My comment wasn't directed at anyone in particualr, more of a general comment for the OP LegsofSteel
MageThis Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:24pm 
Have to agree with Bob on indirectly stifling exploration of new mods by specifically naming mods. But, Nightcore does make a salient point.. no mods are essential. That being reiterated you might, when you decide on investigating follower mods,want to have a boo at Inigo... it is just way cool and I love Inigo... in a BRO way.
Last edited by MageThis; Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:25pm
I think most of us here have said what is essential. Nothing. Yet I cwouldn't exactly say that when it comes to the unofficial patches. I don't consider them as mods, but fixes. All other mods are preferences and wants.
Last edited by Hamsterbytes , bits and nibbles; Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:34pm
Ilja Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:36pm 
This might be counted as stearing someone toward something, but I don't think there is currently any real competition.

I recommend trying Convenient Horses, if you plan to use any horses in your game. This mod will not only make your own riding experience more pleasant, but it also adds follower horses in the game. You can assign different looking horses for each follower.

*Choir*
"No mod is essential"

http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/14950/?
Last edited by Ilja; Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:37pm
Avatar Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:44pm 
If you're going to use SKSE at the link provided I would use the current build of 1.6.16 version and one the mods are really using, not the 1.7.0 version that is only an alpha build and could lead to some problems because of that.

I can not play anymore without SkyUI it makes the menus so much better over the default ones and is required by many of the best mods. I might be partial but my mod will save you tons of grinding if you just want to play the more fun parts of Skyrim without having to do that. Dragonborn Crafting Hall.
MageThis Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:51pm 
And... off we all go (me included) recommending mods that are NOT essential
Yeah, I don't consider Unofficial or official patches,, mods. SKSE and the like are in a gray area.. there is always a grey area. IMHO.
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