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Last updated at 16:43, 22 Jul 2017 Uploaded at 2:08, 17 Jun 2016

Guide for MAGES released!
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Check out GAMEPLAY GUIDE here.
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Thank you so much for your support guys!
Please read "How to start/stability" and "FAQ" before start modding!

5 YEARS OF SKYRIM!

About this guide:

This is a result of monthes of modding Skyrim. Initially I wanted just to make my mod list as people asked for this at my YT channel, but then I decided to put some more efforts into this and make a complete guide to save other people time that they can have a complete base list of mods for ultrarealistic graphics, knowing how much these mods will affect on performance and in what order they should install the mods. Skyrim have thousand of mods here at Nexus and there's very hard to check them all, but I spent some time and did this - from the 1st till the last page (I'm not joking hehe) of all the graphic mods here and chosen almost everything you need to transform your game and also to have some variants of similar mods to choose from. List of 300+ mods (but at the same time "quality about quantity", including different variants to choose from) to install to make your Skyrim graphics look nextgen and to leave as few ugly vanilla objects as possible. Install order, performance influence and patches list included. 
The mod list consists of two parts. Mods from the first part should be installed in strict install order. Mods from the second part can be actually installed in any isntall order, but to have the best result I kindly advise to install them in the same order as in the guide. Check the video to watch it. Also you can check the videos at the bottom of this page to see how the game looks with all these mods installed :) All the mods are marked with one of 3 colors.
Green means this mod is pretty FPS-friendly, Yellow - it can affect performance, but still not an FPS-killer, and Red mods are really FPS-hungry. Please also note that this guide is still designed for modern rigs. I have GTX 980 4GB and 16GB RAM and running all these mods with ENB having 60 fps indoors and 40-55 outdoors. If you like this guide, please download the .zip archive with text version of it to leave an endorsment :) Also feel free to suggest any mod you want to see in this list or ask me any compatibility/stability questions (I'm running Skyrim without any crashes with about 400 mods installed) via "Mod suggestion" topic  at forums.

Permissions:

I don't give a permission to re-upload this to other sites by any other person, if you like this guide and want to share it please just add a link to this thread instead or link the YT video.

Guide features:

  • Complete list of graphic, weather and accompanying mods, more than 250 in total. Landscapes, clutter, flora, weather & lighting, armors, clothing & weapons, towns & villages, animals & monsters, body, face & skin mods.
  • Detailed installation order.
  • Patches list for compatibility and my personal remarks for the best result.
  • Each mod marked to show how much it will affect your performance.
  • List of all basic things/tools/tweaks you need to start modding and have stable game.
  • ENB installation guide + tweaks/fixes advices (in the end of guide).

  • Skyrim is 5, but Oblivion is 11 y.o. and still looks amazing! Check out my colleague mod list to be able to prepare the same beautiful setup for yourself:


    Gameplay Demonstration:

    Realvision ENB is updated!


    == FAQ ==

Q: What are your PC specs?
A:Intel i5 6600k, GTX 980 4GB, 16GB RAM, 1920x1080 Full HD monitor, Windows 7. Windows 7 is perfect for modding Skyrim, as Windows 8/10 has terrible Directx 9 (Skyrim uses DX9) bug that limits your total video memory to 4GB, regardless of how much you PC can really handle.

Q: I also want to install ENB, where's a tips for it?
A: ENB installation is the very last part of modding your Skyrim, it should be install after all the texture mods are installed. Simple "how to ENB" guide is listed at the end of this page.

Q: What is that armor at first screenshot and video preview?
A: Dragon Carved Armor Set

Q: I got infinite loading screen/my game crashes/I have enourmous stutters and FPS drops.
A: Please read "How to start modding/stability section" carefully. Read it and install all the things needed before start modding your Skyrim.

Q: That doesn't help!
A: Trust me, if you have read everything carefully and installed, it will solve all your problems in 99% of cases. If not, feel free to ask in comments, I'll do my best to help you :)

Q: Where are you from? A few words about you?
A: Ukraine. 27 years old. Gamer, gym addict. Web-developer in past, fitness trainer and nutritionist now.

Q: Would you expand this guide and add this/that?
A: Sure! I'll do my best to expand it as much as possible to save your time guys :)

Q: Guide page is updated often, but .txt file is only one time in a few days, how can I see the actual changelog?
A: I add mods and fix text errors few times per day, so it's obvious that it would be a bad idea to upload new file 10 times per day. Instead of this, I did 1 simple thing - all the mods added to the guide, but still not included in the guide .txt file will be marked with red-colored "==NEW==" sign. Hope it helps :)

Q: Can you just upload your Skyrim folder with all your mods somewhere so I can just download it and not to choose and install mods one by one?
A: No. Just no, sorry. The reason:
I can't do this unfortunately as many mods from the list are Nexus-exslusive and mod authors didn't give a permission to re-upload their works somewhere. I respect their work.
And also trust me - when you're making your mod setup by yourself the result will be way better because most of mods are absolutely matter of taste.


== HOW TO START MODDING/STABILITY ==

1) Download and install mod manager.

Choose between Nexus Mod Manager and Mod Organizer. Both of them are awesome. I personally use NMM. Almost all mods can (and should) be installed via mod manager. The guide contains notices when you'll need to install some mod/ part of mod manually.

2) Download and install SKSE. If you allready have it - great, if no - install it. It's obligatory.
SKSE (Skyrim Script Extender) is must-have for playing modded Skyrim. Most of all popular gameplay mods need it to be installed. Also, almost all memory/stability tweaks and fixes require it. Install it to your Skyrim root directory (not the data folder), where your TESV.exe is. Important! From this time, you should launch and play your Skyrim only using SKSE.exe. Skyrim launcher will be used only for disabling/enabling mods (but this also can be done via mod manager).

3) Go to /data/SKSE and open SKSE.ini. If there's no .ini file, create an empty SKSE.ini file.
Paste these lines in it and save (you do NOT need to insert SKSE memory patch value, look further):
[General]
ClearInvalidRegistrations=1
EnableDiagnostics=1
[Display]
iTintTextureResolution=2048


4) Download and install LOOT.
LOOT is a must-have tool if you planning to have many mods. It's very easy to install and use.
His most basic and important function is mod sorting. Many mods should be loaded in strict load order. This mod should be loaded before that mod, but after that, and so on. LOOT makes miracles! You can automatically sort all your mods properly by just clicking button 2 times. Sometimes (it happens rare, so mostly you won't to think about it) some mods have direct instructions about how they should be loaded, in this case it's also easy to sort them manually using it. Also, LOOT shows you all you need to know about your mods instlalled - errors, missing records, incompatibility etc. If something is not right - it will let you know and it will advise you. Actually, you'll not need to read and lean more than this to use it, but if something is unclear or you want to look at very in-depth guide, check this awesome Gopher's video. Use LOOT sorting  each time after you've installed a few mods.

5) Download TES5edit.
It's an awesome tool for cleaning your mods. Mods may contain "dirty" records and some other issues. And when you will have hundreds of mods, that could be a problem and cause crashed. This step and tools usage are not obligatory, but strongly recommended. Don't be afraid of it, it's not so hard to use as it may look. Check this one awesome video guide by Gopher. Also there are a lot of info and videos at it's Nexus page.

6) Install Crash Fixes. It's obligatory.
It's new, constantly updated and just criminally underrated SKSE plugin! It's light-weight, one-click to install (using mod manager) and it really works great. You'll notice faster loading and zero or almost zero crashes. Also it replace SSMSE/SKSE memory patch and work much better and more easy to configure. After you installed it via mod manager, do the next:
1) Go to /data/SKSE/plugins/CrashFixPlugin.ini and open it with any text redactor (notepad for example).
2) Install THIS ONE. Download, unzip and place D3DX9_42 to your Skyrim folder (where your TESV.exe is, not in the /data folder).
3) Find and set UseOSAllocators to 1 (UseOSAllocators=1)
4) Find and set CustomMemoryBlock to 1 (CustomMemoryBlock=1)
5) Find and set MemoryInfoConsole to 1 (MemoryInfoConsole=1)
6) Launch Skyrim and open console "~" button.
7) Look on maximum memory block load. If it's 90% or higher - exit game and find CustomMemoryBlockTotalSizeMb value. Set it a bit higher (for example, if it was 110, set it to 120), save .ini files, launch Skyrim and check memory block load again. Do this until maximum load won't be higher that 85-90% (check this in populated towns or combat).


7) Install Alternate Start - Live Another Life or Skyrim Unbound.
Why you need this? These mods provide wide amount of alternative starts the game for those who do not wish to go through the lengthy intro sequence at Helgen. The thing is that vanilla start (scene in Helgen) is VERY heavy-scripted. And when you will install let's say, 200+mods and start a new game, your Skyrim will be very heavy overloaded. And there's very high chance that your came will crash, even if it's absolutely stable. And now these mods save the day! You can just skip this heavy-scripted scene and start anywhere you like. Besides, it has a really wide amount of alternative start, great for roleplay. I personally advise to use first one, but it's absolutely up to you.

NEXT TWO STEPS ARE OPTIONAL. READ ATTENTIVELY.

8) Read this article. This is not obligatory, but it works and it's very useful.
IMPORTANT! Use its settings only if you're 100% understand what you're doing. If you're very new to .ini files tweaking, don't use it. It's absolutely optional. Messing with these values is not a joke. Once again, If you think something is unclear for you, don't use it. And if you'll use it, don't use the .dll files describied in it, only "play" with Skyrim.ini settings preferably with Ugrids=5 (original value).

9) Download Save game script cleaner. YOU DON'T NEED TO USE IT UNTIL THE NEXT CONDITIONS:
This is not obligatory. If you will not uninstall scripted mods in the middle of playthrough, you don't need it. If you uninstall mods that contain scripts in the middle of playthrough and then save game, so called "orphan scripts" will be still in your save file even mods with that scripts are already gone. This can cause crashes. It's just a save cleaner if your save is really near to dead cause of orphan scripts.

10) Download and install SkyUI. Most of gameplay mods require SKSE and SkyUI. Also install iHUD


Congrats, you're ready now. Let's begin!


== PART I ==
Before you start, download this little software:

DDS VIEWER
It's a free, small and awesome tool that allows you to open .dds (texture) files just like any other images. Doing this, you can compare same textures from different mods and decide which one to install. It's a must-have tool.
P.S. Installer .exe file doesn't contain eny viruses. Just ignore your antivirus.
P.P.S. If you have problems with it on Windows 10 and you're NVIDIA user, try this.
=========

Important tip #1: during the installation process, overwrite all the files when you will be notified about this. There will be a few cases when you not need to overwrite some files or you need to install texture partially/manually, but I will notify about it. 

Important tip #2: To install 200 mods and then launch your game is not a best idea. I personally recommend to do in this way: install a few mods (let's say 2-4 if these mods are big, 5-10 if small), sort them with LOOT, launch your game, check it's stable. Install 5 more and so on.

Important tip #3: Don't use 4k textures untill you have 4k monitor with Titan videocard and you're not aiming for screenarchery (like shoting a bugs or leaves). You won't see any difference between 4k and 2k textures until you come absolutely closely to them. 2k is perfect option for 1920 and even higher (2k) monitors. Using 4k you'll waste tonns of VRAM but won't notice this actually. Using 2k will save tonns of VRAM and you're still having beautiful textures. The only where you can install 4k textures are interior cells (caves/mines etc) as interior use much less VRAM and some underground creature retextures (Dwemer/Falmer) due to the same reasons.

Let's go!

Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch ==FPS==
Optimized Vanilla Textures ==FPS==
1) If you use HD version, you don't need Hight Resolution Texture Pack and Unofficial High Resolution Patch 2) Don't forget to run "Textures install" in your /data folder (here it is).
Static Mesh Improvement Mod ==FPS==
Ruins Clutter Improved ==FPS==
Ultimate HD Fire Effects ==FPS==
HD Enhanced Terrain ==FPS==

Now choose between the next few mods:
Skyrim HD - 2K Textures ==FPS==
My personal recommendation. Covers bigger amount of textures and looks very lore-friendly.
Skyrim HD - Terrain Parallax Tribute ==FPS==
Awesome parallax patch for Skyrim HD mod.
NobleSkyrimMod HD-2K ==FPS==
Great mod. you can also try to combine this with Skyrim HD (I'm doing this and combination looks great), installing textures one after one manually and comparing texture files. Also install SMIM patch from its optionals.
Tamriel Reloaded HD ==FPS==
Awesome mod, it also covers great amount of textures. It has it own original view and it will be great for those who want to bring some "spring" colors in Skyrim. But on the other hand it looks less lore-friendly. Just a matter of taste :)
Fine, Let's move.

Vivid Landscapes - All in One ==FPS==
Install patcher for SMIM and ELFX (if will use ELFX, see below).
aMidianBorn Caves and Mines ==FPS==
4k Parallax Mines by Pfuscher ==FPS==
Parallax Bridges by Pfuscher ==FPS==
Immersive Roads==FPS==
As an alternative for roads, you can you combination of next 2 mods:
Real Roads for Skyrim + HD Road texture by Pfuscher ==FPS==
Skyrim Flora Overhaul ==FPS==
TreesHD Skyrim Variation ==FPS==
Important: if you use Skyrim Flora Overhaul, install only texture (unpack the archive and copy only textures to your /data folder manually).
Note: newest Skyrim Flora Overhaul have some weird texture seams using it alongside this mod. Options to decide it: 1) Use with SFO v.2.3 2) Don't use this mod, but use newest SFO with this beautiful Forest Bark mod.
Skysight - Simply Bigger Trees ==FPS==
4K Parallax Treebark ==FPS==
Install Simply Bigger Trees patch and also Realistic Aspen Trees patch if you will use them.
Realistic Aspen Trees 4k 2k 1k ==FPS==
Enhanced Vanilla Trees ==FPS==
New and just amazing mod! Besides having double and sometimes tripple the resolution on all applied trunk textures, the meshes have improved shapes to reduce edges and there are optional versions with more foliage, larger tree sizes and custom textures. It's an all-in-one complete Vanilla tree enhancement package.
Important! This mod is great alternative if your PC can't handle Skyrim Flora Overhaul. You can you them alongside, just be sure to install this after and place it after SFO in your load oder.
Immersive Fallen Trees Mod ==FPS==
Fences of Skyrim ==FPS==
Install patch for Vivid Landscapes

Now choose between the next few mods:
Verdant - A Skyrim Grass Plugin ==FPS==
My personal recommendation. Set iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=15 and iMinGrassSize=70 in your Skyrim.ini.
You can also use darker grass textures patch if your ENB preset is too bright.
Verdant no Road water grass and landscape edits ==NEW==
Awesome mod that fix that "dirty" Verdant grass placements and seams.
Unbelievable Grass Two==FPS==
And a fix for Lakeview Manor textures bug causing by this mod.
Grass on Steroids ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.
High Definition Ivy ==FPS==
Replacement Ivy ==FPS==
RUGNAROK ==FPS==
Realistic Water Two ==FPS==
Install ENB textures from the optional files (if you will use ENB of course).
Watercolor for ENB and Realistic Water Two ==FPS==
Transparent wave spray Retexture by Pfuscher ==FPS==
aMidianBorn Landscape ==FPS==
Great landscape retexture mod.I personally recommend to install it over the previously installed landscape mods, but this is up to you.
Solstheim landscape and furniture ==FPS==
aMidianBorn Solstheim Landscape ==FPS==
Great Solstheim retexture mods. I advise to install it over the previous mod and overwrite.

If you want to make Solstheim look more "spring" and colorful, instead of previous two mods you can try one of these two:
Solstheim Landscape Overhaul ==FPS== (choose Fertile edition)
Summer Solstheim HD ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Skyrim 2016 Terrain Parallax by Pfuscher ==FPS==
Download each archive separately and check the textures images using DDSviewer. Install files you like manually placing them to /data folder.
Skyrim 2016 WIP by Pfuscher ==FPS==
Download archive with chosen resolution (1-2-4k) and check teh texture files using DDSviewer. Install files you like manually placing them to /data folder.
Whiterun Streets
Improved parallax version for whiterun streets.
Vivid Landscapes - Rocking Stones and Mountains Two ==FPS==
Install NON-ENB patch if you won't use ENB and Relighting Skyrim patch if you will use this lighting mod.
Project Parallax Remastered ==FPS==
Awesome mod, it's a pack of meshes and some textures for different retexture mods you've installed before. I personally advise to install it manually, to check each folder by yourself and decide do you need its files or not.
Project Parallax Revived
This is a group of parallax patches for various texture packs not currently supported by Project Parallax Remastered.
Dust Effects ==FPS==
Now install next 2 mods. IMPORTANT! Download the archives, place them into your mod manager mods folder. Re-launch your mod manager and install them using it. Overwrite all the mods excluding SMIM. Say "NO TO MOD" when asked to overwrite SMIM.
PARTICLE PATCH ALL-IN-ONE INSTALLATION and SUBSURFACE SCATTERING PATCH ==FPS==

WEATHER MODS. INSTALL ONLY ONE:
Climates of Tamriel (COT)
Pros: most lore-friendly, great amount of weathers.
Cons: not updated for a long time and likely won't be updated in future. Also it doesn't cover unofficial DLC-sized mods like Wyrmstooth, Summerset Isle etc.
Patches:
Falskaar - Climates of Tamriel patch
Extended Patches for Climates of Tamriel
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Purity
Pros: bigger variety of weather than COT has.
Cons: have also water retexture mod included, so you'll need to reinstall Realistic Water Two (or use it's water). Also the last version of weather part of the mod exist only in complete "Purity" mod, so if you want it you need to download the full pack. Also this mod likely won't be updated anymore. And also a there are compatibility issues with other landscapes and water mods. My personal opinion - choose between COT, Vivid Weather or NLVA (see below). You can also try to use this, COT or Vivid Weathers with NLA weathers .esp, but I personally don't recommend to mix them.
Vivid Weathers (VW)
Before NLVA was released (see below), it was my personal favorite. Brilliant weather mod!
Pros: Newest weather mod. Biggest amount of weathers comparing with COT and Purity. Constantly updated. Has an MCM menu to configure brightness and saturation ingame without tweaking any .ini files. Covers most of unofficial DLC-sized mods!
Cons: the most saturated weather mod, some weathers could look less lore-friendly than  in COT or Purity, but saturation can be configured via MCM menu. Also it has the less amount of ENB presets compatible as it's new, but this list grows almost each few days.
Natural Lighting and Atmospherics
Awesome mod, but it changes vanilla weathers only. Also it has some awesome lighting effects. As for me this mod gives the best armor shining (especially during the rain/night/torches lighting etc). If you like it, you should defenitely try NLVA (see below).
Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospherics (NLVA)
My personal favorite now. The newest one and constantly updating. This mod it's just a brilliant combination of two mods: NLA and VW. Mod authors spent hundreds of hours to take and mix the best weathers and other effects from Vivid Weathers and Natural Lighting and Atmospherics. Quality about quantity. The result is fantastic! Also authors of some old and  newest popular ENB started to tweak their ENB's for this mod.
Fine, let's move.

Accompanying mods. You can install them all, but check weather mod compatibility for Supreme Storms and True Storms:
Supreme Storms ==FPS==
Awesome mod for realistic storms. Mostly for vanilla (original) weathers or COT. Incompatible with Vivid Weathers, but it actually doesn't need it. Installation of this is just a matter of taste and your gaming style. Not updated anymore but it's still OK to use if you like it.
True Storms - Thunder and Rain Redone ==FPS==
BEautiful mod for realistic storms visuals and sounds. Installer has patches for almost all weather mods, excluding Vivid Weathers. But mod author said that VW patch will be done soon. Install this mod after any weather mod as it will overwrite some files.
Lightning during Thunder Storms ==FPS==
Brilliant mod for awesome lightings. Compatible with everything. Only COT needs patch that can be downloaded here:
Lightning during Thunder Storms - Climates of Tamriel - Patch
Wonders of Weather
Awesome mod, compatible with everything. It adds Rain splashes, rainbows after rainstorms and shooting stars at night.

LIGHTING MODS. INSTALL ONLY ONE:
Lighting mods are great addition to Skyrim beautification. The only one problem with them is that many ENB presets are incompatible with them. FYI: when we talk about weather/lighting mods compatibility with ENB presets, if such mod is "incompatible" this doesn't mean it will cause crashes. But you can encounter weird weather/lighting visuals as ENB presets have their own weather/lighting settings usually. So you can absolutely try to use them with any ENB, but will need to be ready to face the issues and and tweak your ENB presets.

Enhanced Lights and FX (ELFX) ==FPS==
My personal favorite.
Pros: awesome lighting mod with the widest amount of options so the most configurable. Most fresh one.
Cons: eats FPS in some locations, but there's a fix that can be downloaded here:
Unofficial Enhanced Lights and FX ELFX SMIM ENB fps performance patch
Some people also don't like "orange" light colors during night in some places.
Realistic Lighting Overhaul ==FPS==
pros: most performance-friendly.
cons: outdated. Won't be updated.
But it's still a great mod and it's OK to use if you like it.
Relighting SkyrimELE - LITE ==FPS==
If you don't like both ELFX and RLO you can try this. Also this combination of mods has the best compatibility with ENB presets.
Relighting Skyrim - USLEEP Patch ==NEW==
Be sure to use this awesome patch with Relighting Skyrim if you use it.


== PART II ==

These mods install order should not cause any problems. But for the best result I kindly advise to install them in the same order as in guide :)

TOWNS AND VILLAGES MODS:
I'd advise to choose only one them if you're very new to modding. Some of these mods can be made compatible, but in that case - read compatibility notes carefully at mod pages. Als, I removed "Hold the City Overhaul" from the list, as atm it's bugged af and mod author seems to be ignoring bug reports.

Expanded Towns and Cities (ETAC) ==FPS==
The biggest town overhaul mod. It has a great modular installer so you can choose whice part to install and which not to install. This feature allows you to install it with other similar mods with maximum compatibility. Also it's still updating. A great base town mods to use and my personal recommendation.
JK's Skyrim ==FPS==
Pros: most detailed from all similar mods. It adds really big amount of objects to towns, making them look very rich detailed.
Cons: It's a most performance-hit mod from all the similar mods. It WILL rape your FPS at almost any rig. And if you're also running alot of retexture mods, you can get ~15-20 fps in big towns sometimes. But it's quality worth it. It's all about your rig power.
If you like this mod and want to use it, but it's too much FPS-heavy, you can use this awesome light or superlight version:
JKs Cities - Lite and SuperLite ==FPS==
Dawn of Skyrim Collection==FPS==
Another great towns'n'cities mod. I would say it's at the middle between performance hit, details amount and lore-friendship. Pretty good compatible with other similar mods.
Unique Shops and Stores - just an amazing overhaul mod for many shops/stores and mage rooms in Skyrim. Compatible with everything!
Fine, let's move.

CLOUD MODS. CHOOSE ONE:
Note: don't install them both if you use Vivid Weathers. Vivid Clouds is included in Vivid Weathers and of course it will work better with it's own cloud textures. This choise is just a matter of taste.

Vivid Clouds and Fogs ==FPS==
ETHEREAL CLOUDS ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

SNOWFLAKES MOD. CHOOSE ONE:

Quality SnowFlakes HD V2 ==FPS==
Real Skyrim Snowflakes - Vivid Snow ==FPS==
My personal favorite. But I don't recommend to use physic version, it's still bugged. Also don't install it if you're using Vivid Weathers or NLVA, it's already included.
Fine, let's move.

Real Ice ALL-IN-ONE ==FPS==
Illustrated Panels Towns ==FPS==

NIGHT SKY/STARS/MOON RETEXTURE MODS:

Enhanced Night Skyrim ==FPS==
Horizon of Dreams - Night Sky and Moon Textures ==FPS==
Lorkhans Vision - Night Sky V2 ==FPS==
My personal favorite for night sky :)
Skygazer - Constellations HD 2K (with nebulae) ==FPS==
Skygazer Moons - Masser and Secunda Ultra HD ==FPS==
My moon favorite :)
Alternative Stars 4K_2K_1K ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Dawnguard Parallax ==FPS==
Bellyaches Animal and Creature Pack ==FPS==
Bellyaches HD Dragon Replacer Pack ==FPS==
Thanatos as Durnehviir ==FPS== ==NEW==
Just an amazing Durnehviir retexture in 2 versions.
HD Horker ==FPS==
Absolutely amazing horker retexture from Pfuscher.

Now choose between the next few mods:
Enhanced HD Dragon Bones ==FPS==
Bloody Dragon Bones ==FPS==
RUSTIC DRAGON CORPSE ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Realistic Boat Bobbing ==FPS==
Amazing and just a must-have mod. Now you can enjoy the gentle boats bobbing while not staring at the clipping objects!
83Willows 101BugsHD Butterfly Dragonfly ==FPS==
This mod is very optional to install. It adds tonns of different insects to Skyrim making it look much more alive. Someone may like this, someone not.
Also my personal opinion is that it boosts Alchemy too much as you can collect hundreds of ingredients per minutes and some of new potions from these ingredients are a bit overpowered. But there's a patch to fix this and bring some balance, you can get it here: FIX PATCH.
Lepidoptera Of Skyrim ==FPS==
Beautiful butterfly mod.
Note: Choose this one OR 83Willows 101Bugs HD
RUSTIC CLOTHING ==FPS==
Overwrite previous mod files during the installation.
Mage Outfit Texture Overhaul (HD 2K) - MOTO - With Schools of Magic ==FPS== ==NEW==
Awesome mod that is retexturing mage outfits, if you like it more than previous 2 mods results for mage outfits, install it and approve overwrite.
aMidianBorn Book of Silence ==FPS==
One of the best retexture mods ever. It covers many armors, weapons, creatures and unique items. Install mod parts in this order:
1) ARMORS 2) CREATURES 3) DRAGONBORN DLC 4) UNIQUE ITEMS 5) WEAPONS. Approve overwriting. Also don't forget to install all the "hotfixes" files from MISC section to fix "purple textures" for some items.
Joy of Ships ==FPS==
Also install "Joy of parallax ships" patch from its files for ships parallax when using ENB.
aMidianBorn Imperial Forts ==FPS==

Now choose between the next few mods:
Visible Windows ==FPS==
RUSTIC WINDOWS ==FPS==
I use this one :)
Fine, let's move.

RUSTIC ALCHEMY and ENCHANTING TABLES ==FPS==
LeanWolf's Improved Enchanter Candle Meshes ==FPS==
LeanWolf's Better-Shaped Weapons ==FPS==
Awesome mod for weapon meshes, compatible with every retexture mods, that makes weapons looks much more glorious and elegant.
RUSTIC CLUTTER COLLECTION ==FPS==
RUSTIC COOKING STATION ==FPS==
RUSTIC EAST EMPIRE COMPANY SIGNAGE ==FPS==
RUSTIC ELDERSCROLL ==FPS==
RUSTIC FORSWORN ==FPS==
RUSTIC MONUMENTS and TOMBSTONES ==FPS==
RUSTIC NORDIC MURALS ==FPS==
RUSTIC OVEN - Hearthfires ==FPS==
RUSTIC SOULGEMS ==FPS==
Soulgem Stand Redone ==FPS==

RUSTIC STANDING STONES ==FPS==
RUSTIC WORD WALLS ==FPS==
HD Ruined Book Retexture - 1k 4k - ==FPS==
HD Stone Quarry and Clay Deposit for Hearthfire ==FPS==
Business Ledger HD Retexture ==FPS==
Serious Mammoth Bone Retex HD ==FPS==
Forgotten Retex Project ==FPS==


Now choose between the next few mods:
RUSTIC POTIONS and POISONS ==FPS==
Pretty Animated Potions and Poisons ==FPS==
This mod has an awesome feature: potions & poisons are really animated! And also glow at night or in the dark.
RUSTIC ANIMATED POTIONS and POISONS
Combination of both previous mods.
Fine, let's move:

Now choose between the next few mods:
A Quality World Map and Solstheim Map - With Roads ==FPS==
Paper World Map ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Better Falskaar and Wyrmstooth Map With Roads ==FPS==
Ultimate HD Torch ==FPS==
Smoking Torches and Candles ==FPS==
Birds of Skyrim ==FPS==
Then install patch for it (choose USLEEP version)
Birds of Skyrim - Ruhadre Patch v1.1 (USLEEP Compatible)
Enhanced Blood Textures ==FPS==
If you're already use "Skyrim Immersive Creatures mod", install a patch for it (choose it during the installation process). If you will use it, install this mod after you Skyrim Immersive Creatures is installed.
Deadly Spell Impacts ==FPS==
Dawn of the Dawnguard Armor ==FPS==

Dragonbone armor/weapon retexture mods mods:
Note: each of these mods don't cover all the armors & weapons from dragon bones. Some of them retexture heavy armor (dragonbone), some - light (dragonscale), some - weapons, etc. Check each mod page and read what type of dragon armor/weapon it changes, then choose your favourite.
Dragonbone Armor and Weapons HD by Natterforme ==FPS==
KanjsSKRT - Retexure - Dragonscale armor and Dragonbone weapons ==FPS==
Dragonscale Armor Retexture - Lore Friendly ==FPS==

The Art Of Dragonbone ==FPS==
Dragonbone Mastery - Weapons Retexture ==FPS==
Dragonbone HD and 4k by Pfuscher ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Nightingale Prime HD ==FPS==
Spellbreaker Oblivionized retexture in HD ==FPS==
Refracting Stalhrim ==FPS==
This is a meshes mod, that means it should be compatible with any other stalhrim retexture mod.
Outlandish Stalhrim ==FPS==
Transparent and refracting Glass Eqmnt CBBE UNP UNPB ==FPS==

Thieves Guild Armor HD revival ==FPS==
Awesome Apiaries - Retextured Beehive Apiary ==FPS==
Deathbell HD - All-New Textures ==FPS==
Mountain flower by Mari ==FPS== ==NEW==
Deathbell by Mari ==FPS== ==NEW==

Now choose between the next few mods:
Hanging Moss replacer into plant by Pfuscher ==FPS==
Green Hanging Spanish Moss HD ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Hybrids HD Plants and Herbs Retexture ==FPS==
Choose and install texture manully as many of them can be already retextured by other flora mods.
Better Nirnroot - Hi-Res 2K Textures ==FPS==
Tamriel Reloaded Grasses - Plants - Shrubs ==FPS==
This mod is optional at your taste. Install plants only. Install texture files manually as many of this mod plants can lok oversaturated and not very lore-friendly.
Realistic Jazbay Grapes ==FPS==
Unique Flowers And Plants ==FPS==
This mod is not a retexture mod, it adds unique flowers and plants in different Skyrim areas. To install it or not - its' just a matter of taste. Look at pictures at mod page and decide :)
Langleys Textures Workshop ==FPS==
Daedric Armor and weapon Improvement ==FPS==
Renthal 311 old texture pack ==FPS== ==NEW==
Awesome Ren's all-in-one texture pack. Grab it, check the textures you like and install :)

Now choose between the next few mods:
High Quality Food and Ingredients ==FPS==

Realistic HD Food ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Now choose between the next few mods:
Realistic HD Baskets ==FPS==
Baskets and Woven Decoratives UHD ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Now choose between the next few mods:
Realistic HD Ingots ==FPS==
Realistic HD Ores ==FPS==
HD Ore And Ingots ==FPS==
Enhanced Ore Veins ==FPS==
My personal favorite for ore textures. Mod also adds awesome ore veins glowing. Each ore vein type has different type of glow.
Fine, let's move.

Realistic HD Beverages ==FPS==
Realistic HD Mushrooms ==FPS==
Realistic HD Blacksmith ==FPS==
ENB Water on Horse Trough and Blacksmith Forge ==FPS==
Beautiful Honey Signs - 2K Overhaul - 1K Optional ==FPS==
SkyFix - Unique Inn Signs HD ==FPS==
SkyFix - HD Blacksmith Signs ==FPS==
4K Parallax High Hrothgar by Pfuscher ==FPS==
alduins wall retexture - concept art ==FPS==

Now choose between the next few mods:
Dwemer Automatons HD ==FPS==
Better Dwemer Spider Textures ==FPS==
Ancient Dwemer Metal
My personal favorite :)
Fine, let's move.

Arri's Snow Elf Ruins Retexture ==FPS==
Barenziah's Glory ==FPS==
Barset HQ ==FPS==
This mod also includes "less saturation" option if you don't like saturated one.
Better Circlets HQ V1o1 ==FPS==
Better mammoth cheese ==FPS==
Better ropes for skyrim ==FPS==
BLOODSTONE CHALICE REBORN ==FPS==
Book Covers Skyrim ==FPS==
Clothing Iron's retexture ==FPS==
RUSTIC DEATH HOUND ==FPS==
RUSTIC GARGOYLE ==FPS== ==NEW==
True Elk Of Skyrim or TEOS ==FPS== ==NEW==
Detailing the Eldrich - Higher-Res Apocrypha - Temple of Miraak - Black Books ==FPS==
Detailing the Eldrich - Higher-Res Riekling Architecture ==FPS==
DOOR ==FPS==
Retexture mod for puzzle doors in dungeons.
HD Whiterun Shack door
THAT. AWFUL. DOORS. YOU SEE. EACH TIME. WHEN LEAVING. OR ENTERTING. THE HOUSE. IT'S PRETTY NOW!
Dragonborn Clothing HD Retextures ==FPS==
ELECTRIFY ==FPS==
Absolutely must-have for mage playthrough! Stunning retexture of shock spells.
Falmer Ear and Hagraven Claw ==FPS==
Spider Egg Retexture ==FPS==
Taproot 1K ==FPS==
Skeever Tail 1K ==FPS==
TROLL ==FPS==
WISPMOTHER ==FPS==
HAGRAVEN ==FPS==
Hagravens ==FPS==
Previous mod retextures Hagravens, this one retextures their building and other objects, so use them both.
FALMER ==FPS==
GIANT ==FPS==
HORNCANDLES ==FPS==
Farmhouse Chimneys ==FPS==
This mod is not a retexture mod actually, it add chimneys, beautiful and immersive. I recommend it defenitely :)
Fine Lute Texture ==FPS==
Frankly HD Miraak ==FPS==
Gildergreen 4K Parallax ==FPS==
HD Dark brotherhood door ==FPS==
HD Model Ship ==FPS==
Hectrol SPIDER WEBS Deluxe HighRes Retex ==FPS==
IMMERSIVE LORE-FRIENDLY CHEESE AND CABBAGE ==FPS==
Insanitys City Banner Replacer ==FPS==
Designs of the Nords ==FPS==

Jewels of the Nord - HD rings and necklaces ==FPS==
JS Dragon Claws ==FPS==
Leather LeatherStrips and Leatherrack ==FPS==
I recommend to install it manually, leather and leatherstriprs. Leatherrack has better retexture from previous installed mods.
LEAVES ==FPS==
Fallen leaves retexture (not the tree leaves).
Magic Runes HD ==FPS==
MANHOLE OF SOLITUDE ==FPS==
MAPS ==FPS==

Now choose between the next few mods:
More Dramatic Alduin Retexture ==FPS==
Deathwing Inspired Alduin (Reloaded) ==FPS==
Imprefvicticious Alduin ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Enhanced Landscapes ==FPS==
This mod is optional, but it's absolutely awesome and my personal recommendation is at leas to try it!
It is a project which aims to improve Skyrim's landscape with more objects. This includes floral objects, rocks, ruin clutter and a lot of other landscape assets. This also aims to improve the distant appearance of mountains, cliffs and other rock formations. As it mostly adds objects, it's compatible with almost all texture mods, there are only a few noticesfrom mod author (whic hare not critical though), read them at this mod page. It has smart installer with many options (and resolution options, that's important) and there are also 2 version of it - regular and winter edition.
Note: this mod requires only one mod (which you've likely using if you're following this guide :) ) - DynDOLOD for proper new LODs generation.
Frost Atronach HD Retex ==FPS==
Better Shaped Female Creatures ==FPS
Great meshes mod that adds more feminine look to many female creatures.
nightingale circle ==FPS==
Nord Cattle - HD cows ==FPS==
Northfire's Skidmarks 1K-2K ==FPS==
This mod retextures dragon footprints and ugly ditches dragons make whe nthey crash.
OIL ==FPS==
PELTAPALOOZA - Pelts of Skyrim Expansion ==FPS==
Project Skyrim HD - College of Winterhold ==FPS==
Quality Snow HD 4K ==FPS==
Rens HD Shrines ==FPS==
Rens HD Flame Atronach ==FPS==
Seeker and Lurker - Creature Retex ==FPS==
Storm Atronach - Creature Retex ==FPS==
Ice Wraith Retexture ==FPS== ==NEW==
Stunning Statues of Skyrim ==FPS==
tamu75 Terrain Parallax Textures ==FPS==
This one if optional, look at screenshots and decide if you need these textures :)
Troll Skull 4kHD ==FPS==
Ultra HD Rags Retexture ==FPS==
Upgrade for Large imperial tent ==FPS==
Vandr Presents - HD Falmer Pod ==FPS==
WATERplants - retexture by Pfuscher ==FPS==
Weathered Road Signs ==FPS==
White Phial Replacer ==FPS==
Windhelm Enhanced - HD 4k Grey Quarter Flags ==FPS==
Windhelm Enhanced - HD 4k Metalwork ==FPS==
Windhelm Enhanced - 500 Companions Wall 8k HD Retexture ==FPS==
Skyrim Landscape Overhaul - Stone Walls ==FPS==
Awesome mesh and texture replacer for the freestanding stone walls in skyrim (like the ones along the road outside Riverwood). Has a FOMOD ("smart") installer with different resolution & degisn options. And here is awesome retexture for this mod, if you like more green walls.
Nightingale Pride - Bow and Blade Reincarnation ==FPS==
Frankly HD Silver Sword ==FPS==
Lockpicking Interface Redone ==FPS==
Frankly HD Stormcloak and City Guards ==FPS==
Embers HD ==FPS==
This mod should be installed the very last. Some of the mods before overwrite fire related meshes, and if this mod meshes will be overwrited, embers will look weird. If you install it as last one, everything will be fine. This is a must-have mod, embers became ultrarealistic!
After all mods that change meshes, you can install this awesome mod. It's similar to SMIM and works really great. Approve overwrite.
High Poly Project ==FPS==

Dynamic Distant Objects LOD - DynDOLOD ==FPS==
New, constantly updating, awesome and great, but needs some time to install and use.
Also, if you're still not ready to generate LODs by yourself using it, you can use pre-made showcase files from the Miscellaneous section. Download version for Skyrim, Dawnguard, Dragonborn and Hearthfires. A few clicks and you're redy to go! :) 
Important: I put this at the beginning just to place it near the similar mods, but is should be installed and used AFTER all the others landscape/flora mods are installed.
Watch this awesome guide if installation looks complicated for you.
Fine, let's move.


BODY, SKIN, FACE & HAIR MODS:

ShowRaceMenu Precache Killer
(not needed if you will use Racemenu mod)
RaceMenu

Body mods (female):
Body mods texture replacers are absolutely matter of taste. Install each one and choose one you like the most :)
DIMONIZED UNP female body ==FPS==
Caliente's Beautiful Bodies Edition -CBBE- ==FPS==
SeveNBase a custom FemaleBodyReplacer ==FPS==
UNP BLESSED BODY- UNPB REDUX PROJECT ==FPS==
SG Female Textures Renewal ==FPS==
Attention! This mod requires Enhanced Character Edit mod which is incompatible with Racemenu, so if you installed Ramenu previously and want this female body mod, uninstall Racemenu an install ECE.
Fine, let's move.

Fitness Body ==FPS==
This mod is absolutely optional. Install it if you want to see some muscules at your female character :)


Skin mods:
And again - justa matter of taste :)
Mature skin texture and body for UNP(B) 7BASE CBBE Vanilla ==FPS==
Sporty Sexy Sweat - wet body skin texture - CBBE UNP UNPB ADEC Vanilla ==FPS==
Fair Skin Complexion ==FPS==
Demoniac- High Quality Glossy Female Body Texture 8K 4K 2K ==FPS==
PureSkinTexture ==FPS==
Pride of Valhalla - Super HD Skin Set for UNP-UNPB-7B-CBBE ==FPS==
Seductive Lips HD ==FPS==
Better males - Beautiful nudes and faces - New hairstyles ==FPS==
SkySight Skins - Ultra HD 4K and 2K - Male Textures and Real Feet Meshes ==FPS==
Fine, let's move.

Eyes mods:
You can install one of them or all if you like.
The Eyes Of Beauty ==FPS==
Natural Eyes ==FPS==
True Eyes ==FPS==
Lind's Human Eyes ==FPS==
Lind's Elven Eyes ==FPS==
If you like two last mods - track this mods author works, she may add mods for beast-races eyes in future.
Eyes of Aber ==FPS==
This mod adds 150 new beautiful eyes, but many of them may look not lore-friendly.
Fine, let's move.

Superior Lore-Friendly Hair - HD textures ==FPS==
Awesome mod, install it for sure! Great retexture of all vanilla hairs, also has 2 resolution options for better performance.
ApachiiSkyHair ==FPS==
KS Hairdos - Renewal ==FPS==
XCE - Warpaint and Dirt ==FPS=
High Resolution Scars ==FPS==
Northborn Scars ==FPS==
Beards ==FPS==
The Art of Beard - New Facial Hairs ==FPS== ==NEW==
Brows ==FPS==
True Brows ==FPS==
Smile in HD ==FPS==
Install the main file, then "HD normalmap". You can also install brighter teeh textures from its optionals.
No More Ugly Bronze Shine ==FPS==
Note: if you use custom skin mods, you don't need this one, it's for vanilla skin.

And now let's add some physics :)
These mods are absolutely optional. Depending on do you want some more physics or not. Sometimes these effects can look a bit weird, so it's up to you. Try to install them and see their work in action.

HDT Physics Extensions
It is an SKSE plugin that applies the existing Havok physics engine to other uses in skyrim. Swishing hair, flowing skirts, or the ever popular bouncing boobs. This mod is core one and you need to have it installed for any other "HDT" mod to work.
HDT HighHeels System ==FPS==
This mod modifies the height of different high shoes to look properly. It's required by many custom armor and outfit mods.
HDT Breast And Butt Physics - TBBP BBP Supported ==FPS==
This mod adds some physics for sexiness :)
HDT Equipment ==FPS==
This mod allows bouncy HDT physics to unequipped/sheathed weapons.


== UI (User Interface) Mods (optional)==
Customizable UI Replacer ==NEW==
Amazing mod that offer you overhaul for ALL vanilla UI (attribute bars, enemies bars, level up menu and A LOT of different UI mods like Less Intrusive HUD, A Matter of Time, Loot and Degradation etc). It's absolutely beautiful and if you're bored of flat Skyrim UI - download it for sure.

== NPC OVERHAUL MODS ==
Here we go with the list of mods that make Skyrim NPC more beautiful. Current list contains standalone mods - these mods don't require other mods to work properly. I have not included mods that are absolutely not lore-friendly. Also I have not included mods that are really outdated (like last update in 2012). This list will be updated of course :)
Important: such mods are mostly compatible, but as most of them change many NPCs, you can have situation when you want to install two mods, but they change some same NPCs. In this case, place the mod you like the most after.
For example, you want to use MOD1 and MOD2. Both of them change Lydia. You like Lydia from MOD2. Place MOD2 after MOD1 to give it bigger priority and you're fine :)
Important: some of these mods may use USKP (previous unsupported version of Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition patch) as master. These mods should be updated by their authors, but it can also be done by yourself,
take a look at first sticky post at USLEEP page. As always, read it carefully and start to modify files only if you're understand what you're doing completely. In other case, just try to use another mod - there are a lot of them :)

Female overhaul mods:

"Big" mods that change pretty big amount of NPCs:

"Bijin" mods series.
You can install them all if you like. My personal favorite for these female NPCs. Also each of them comes many options during installation and some additional optional files for your convinience.
Bijin Warmaidens ==FPS==
Bijin Wives ==FPS==
Bijin NPCs ==FPS==
Fine. Let's move.

The Ordinary Women ==FPS==
This mod change appearance of big amount of female NPCs (60)! If you don't want to look here and there for separate mods and save many .esp slots, try it for sure.
NPCs of Dibella ==FPS==
Noobshire NPCs ==FPS==
This mod has an original view. Try it if you want to 24 of its females look a bit older.
Skyrim Beautiful Followers - SBF ==FPS==
Note: this mod is not very lore-friendly. But I've included it to the list as it covers big amount of female followers and has good quality.

Mods that change single NPC or a few:

Serana and her family overhaul mods. Choose one:
Seranaholic ==FPS==
My personal favorite for Serana.
Seductress Serana ==FPS==
An here it goes USLEEP patch for this mod.
BVFE - Serana and Family ==FPS==
Fine. Let's move.

Skyrim Ladies - Aela and Astrid ==FPS==
A Study in Tragedy - Astrid Replacer ==FPS==
Lydia Overhaul ==FPS==
Avelyn or Elisif ==FPS==
You can choose between two version: Elisif replacer or new standalone follower.

Male overhaul mods:

Males of Skyrim ==FPS==
This mod cover many males of Skyrim, making them look awesome and still lore-friendly.
The Men of Winter ==FPS==
Another great mod with many males redone. Very new, mod author updates it and some of guys look just stunning.
Vilkas and Farkas by Netherwalk ==FPS==
TDN Improved Lucien - Spectral Assassin Replacer ==FPS==

Both male ane female overhaul mods:

Inhabitants of Skyrim - NPC Overhaul ==FPS==
Awesome mod that make a great amount of NPCs more beautiful. It also requires ApahiiSkyHair to work, but there's also a version to work without it.
Improved Bards ==FPS==
Mod that changes appearance of bards.
The College of Winterhold - NPC Improvement ==FPS==
Awesome mod that changes appearance of almost all key NPCs of Winterhold College.

Children overhaul mods (choose one):

RS Children Overhaul ==FPS==
My personal recommendation. Also install USLEEP patch and take a look at this patches mod for it.
TK Children ==FPS==
The Kids Are Alright ==FPS== ==NEW==
This ons is not-very lore-friendly sometimes, but still huge and very qualitative!


== HERE COMES THE ENB! ==
First of all, you need to understand that ENB is pretty FPS-hungry and as it interract with objects in game, ENB performance will depend on how much texture mods are installed. But ENB effects are totally worth their price :) The one more thing is weather/lighting mods compatibility. It will not cause crashes, but to not see something really weird read the chosen ENB preset page description carefully.

Q: I won't be able to run ENB as it kills my FPS, but I still want ENB-like effects. Is it possible?
A: Yes! Read the section at the end of ENB presets list :)

Follow these steps to install ENB and make memory and settings tweaks'n'tricks for stable game:

1) Turn off the effects that will be replaced by ENB.

Open SKyrim launcher and turn off Antialiasing, Anisotropic Filtering, and FXAA.
In your video driver, set the features from previous step and Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) to "Application-Controlled" (Nvidia) or "Use application settings" (AMD). 

2) Download ENB core files here:

Read your ENB preset description page and download the latest version if it supports it. If no, download the needed one. Place Copy d3d9.dll AND enbhost.exe from the wrapper folder to your Skyrim root folder, where your TESV.exe is (not the data folder!)

3) Open your Skyrimprefs.ini (with notepad for example).

Make sure the following values at the [DISPLAY] section are exactly the same as below. If no - set them to this values, if they are not exist - just paste them there. Then save your Skyrimprefs.ini.

bFloatPointRenderTarget=1 
bTreesReceiveShadows=1
bDrawLandShadows=1
bShadowsOnGrass=1
iMultiSample=0 
iMaxAnisotropy=1 
bFXAAEnabled=0 

4) Choose a ENB preset and place it files to your Skyrim root folder (the same where your TESV.exe and ENB core files are).

There are so many of them, beautiful and stunning! Yeah, if you're still not decied, it will be a hard task ;) My personal recommendation is to click on "last updated" option to sort the preset pages, as many of "most endorsed" presets are outdated. But of course it's up to you.
Different presets have different types and amount of files, usually you need to install them manually, sometimes they have an installer. But I still recommend to install any ENB preset files manually. Read the chosen ENB preset page attentively.

5) Download and install ENBoost. If you're using latest ENB, update it with the newest ENBoost fixes.

In most of cases, you won't need to change many in enblocal.ini. You need to set the memory value in  of VideoMemorySizeMb at the [MEMORY] tab according to your videocard. To make this task easier if you don't know your total amount of video memory (it's not the videocard memory actually), use this simple software.
Actually, almost every ENB preset contains it's own enblocal.ini files. But you can keep your own enblocal.ini with any preset, the only thing you need to look is the ProxyLibrary value, you need to set it the same as in preset enblocal.ini. For overall guide about enblocal settings look here.

6) If you're changing ENB presets often, download this tool to avoid the errors and weird effects.

It automatically cleans your Skyrim folder from all ENB files (this is needed when you need to install other preset).


== ENB PRESETS LIST ==

To choose an ENB preset is absolutely matter of taste. However, in this list I've included the most fresh presets that work with latest ENB binaries.
Remember that ENB itself will eat some FPS almost at any rig. Sometimes it can cost you 3-5 FPS (so we can say you have no performance loss) up to 15-20 FPS (this can cause massive stutters and FPS drops). That's why I advise to install ENB after all the texture and other mods that can affect performance. If you see that you have let's say stable 60 FPS - you can run almost any ENB preset, even hungry one and be sure that your game will be stable and you will not face noticable stutters and FPS drops. But if you have 40 FPS you'll need to think about the ENB - to install performance-friendly one, not to install ENB at all or maybe disable some texture mods to free some VRAM and then install the ENB.
All presets are also markered with one of 3 colors: Green, Yellow or Red depending on their performance impact, so you'll be aware if this or that preset is an FPS-killer. And of course short description and weather/lighting mods compatibility tips. 
Regarding the lighting mods compatibility: Many lighting mods also have their own weather modules. Don't use these modules even if ENB is compatible with this lighting mod. Don't. Use. Lighting mods weather modules. Also, combination of Relighting Skyrim + ELE Lite proved itself as having the best compatibility (more or less) with different ENB presets. So even it's not listed in lighting mods compatible at ENB preset page, you can try this. This doesn't mean it will be 100% compatible, but basicaly it will have better compatibility results.
Regarding the DOF: most of ENBs has DOF (depth of field) enabled and tweaked for this preset. Some people like DOF, some don't like at all, but ENB DOF also can eat decent amount of FPS. If you find your preset DOF not good for you or need to have a few more FPS, do the following: 1) disable ENB DOF. Open enbseries.ini filem look at [EFFECT] section and change EnableDepthOfField=true to EnableDepthOfField=false. Save the file. 2) Optional: install Dynavision. It's great mod for DOF and it has MCM menu so you can change it's type (static or dynamic) and strength ingame.
Abbreviations: COT - Climates of Tamriel. VW - Vivid Weathers. NLA - Natural Lighting and Atmospherics. NLVA - Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospherics. ELFX - Enhanced Lights and FX. RLO - Realistic Lighting Overhaul. ELE Lite - Enhanced Lightins for ENB (Lite).
So, here we go with ENB presets list. Visit the presets pages to read attentively about all the details and also see some screenshots and videos to how it looks like.

RealVision ENB ==FPS==
The one preset to rule them all! The most known and endorsed ENB prset on Nexus. And couple of days ago it was updated to the latest .315 ENB binaries. Try it for sure!
Weather mods compatibility: COT.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX, RLO.

OrganicENB v2 ==FPS==
Awesome ENB preset, beautiful and realistic. It also has smart installer with many performance and other options.
Weather mods compatibility: COT, VW.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX (core files).

Tetrachromatic ENB==FPS==
Awesome, stunning, beautiful! This ENB is a brilliant creation. It looks great, realistic and fantasy-like at the same time. Original version has about 80 custom weathers. It's pretty saturated so some people can find it less lore-friendly for Skyrim. But my personal advise is to try it for sure! It also has 3 levels of performance options. It also has 3 versions - original preset, version for Vivid Weathers and version for NLVA. This is a preset I'm currently using (version for VW).
Weather mods compatibility: Vanilla weathers (original version), VW, NLVA (different version have different weather mod compatibility).
Lighting mods compatibility: Relighting Skyrim + ELE Lite (compatible, but not necessary as mod author says).

Antique Dragon ENB ==FPS== ==NEW==
New ana amazing fantasy ENB preset. Not so saturated as Tetrachromatic, and also with fully-working night eye as well as tweaked adaptation effect, that is great for mages - you'll not more blind yourself with your fire spells in dark dungeons.
Weather mods compatibility: Vanilla weathers, but with Vivid Weathers textures (install it and delete it's .esp file).
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX (only interiors, without enhancer).

Rudy ENB ==FPS==
One of most unique presets on Nexus and one of my favourite. It pretty desaturated and has some really unique weathers and semi-realistic visuals. Also compatible with awesome DARKEND mod!
Weather mods compatibility: URWL (do someone still use this? :D), NLA (different version have different weather mod compatibility), NLVA.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX.

SNOWFALL ENB ==FPS==
Just an amazing preset based on Rudy ENB with REALTIME snow cover. Try it for sure!

Vividian ENB ==FPS==
ENB preset from author of Vivid Weathers mods. One of its best advantages is really rich weather/lighting mods compatibility. Has 4 versions: for Vanilla weathers, Black and White version and 2 more verstion for weather mods.
Weather mods compatibility: VW, COT, Purity, NLA, RCRN.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX (don't use Enhancer), RLO (don't use its weathers), Relighting Skyrim + ELE Lite.

The Grim and Somber ENBS ==FPS==
It is a collection of presets are fantasy and vintage based ENB's with a focus on a dramatic lighting with an intense atmosphere and mood. Do not look for a lot of realism in these ENB's as that is not the goal or aim behind them. Colleciton has 6 presets that support latest ENB binaries. If you like such fantasy and vintage look, try them for sure!
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: none. Don't use any lighting mods.

Rampage ENB ==FPS==
Beautiful cinematic and semi-realistic ENB preset. One of it's main features is that it has 7 presets included and you can change them ingame! On the other hand, it's pretty FPS-hungry. But powerful rig can handle it.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: none. Don't use any lighting mods.

Aeon ENB ==FPS==
Very rich  detailed and stunning beautiful preset! It's really FPS-hungry, maybe one of the most I've ever used, but its quality absolutely worth it. If you have powerful rig and good stable FPS - try it for sure!
Weather mods compatibility: NLA, NLVA (inprogress).
Lighting mods compatibility: any interior lighting mods. Exterios lighting modules are not recommended.

DAHAKA's ENB ==FPS==
Awesome ENB preset for COT5/ELFX. Stunning and bright colors.
Weather mods compatibility none. COT.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX.

K ENB Pure Light ==FPS==
Awesome and powerful preset, also coming with pack of beautiful textures designed for it. Bright and saturated with unique look, a real artwork.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: none. Don't use any lighting mods.

Kinematic ENB Southern Light
Awesome and a bit more cinematic ENB from the same author. ==FPS== ==NEW==
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility:ELFX. But author still suggest to use with vanilla lighting for perfect results.

Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospherics ENB files ==FPS==
Original preset for NLVA weather mod.
Weather mods compatibility: NLVA (obviously :D)
Lighting mods compatibility: any lighting mod.

Elder Blood ENB Redux ==FPS==
Weather mods compatibility none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX.

Ruvaak Dahmaan ENB Redone ==FPS==
Great and pretty realistic ENB preset.
Weather mods compatibility: COT.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX, RLO.

Dovah Naakin ENB FINAL ==FPS==
Bright and colorful ENB preset with semi-realistic fantasy visuals.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: none. Don't use any lighting mods.

Seasons of Skyrim ENB True HDR ==FPS==
Very popular enb got an update for .292 binaries.

True Vision ENB ==FPS==
Very popular enb got an update for .292 binaries.

Evok Cinematic ENB ==FPS==
Collection of 3 amazingly beautiful presets - from pretty colorful and realistic to cinimatic and less saturated (plus different options and performance version for each of them).
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: none. Don't use any lighting mods.

DarkLight ENB ==FPS== close to zero or zero FPS loss.
Not really well-known, but great and criminally underrated preset. From all the presets that support latest binaries I ever used it has the best performance. It gave me really zero FPS loss. This preset will be a great for those who don't have a lot of "free" FPS for ENB to use.
Weather mods compatibility: COT, VW.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX.

LuciEN ENB ==FPS==
Middle-realistic fantasy preset for the author of previous one. It has pretty good performance and about 20 very original custom weathers.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX, ELE Lite.

The Baltic States ENBs ==FPS==
Pretty performance-friendly colletion of ENB presets. Presets differs - from realism to great saturation. Has compatibility with many weather mods.
Weather mods compatibility: COT, VW, NLA (different version have different weather mod compatibility).
Lighting mods compatibility: Relighting Skyrim + ELE Lite.

SOUL ENB ==FPS==
New and awesome ENB preset, sharp and with great visuals. It's also pretty performance-friendly for most of the modern rig and the most awesome feature is that it's compatible with ALL weather and lighting mods. Try it for sure!
Weather mods compatibility: ALL WEATHER MODS.
Lighting mods compatibility: ALL LIGHTING MODS.

KUMRU ENB ==FPS==
Bright and sharp ENB preset.
Weather mods compatibility: VW, NLA.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX.

Mure ENB ==FPS==
ENB preset with some original visuals, sharp and a bit desaturated.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: none. Don't use any lighting mods.

Vivacity ENB ==FPS==
Bright and sharp preset.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: none. Don't use any lighting mods.

Chromogenic ENB ==FPS== ==NEW==
Awesome preset inspired by Tetrachromatic ENB.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: none. Don't use any lighting mods.

- - Zephyr ENB - - ==FPS== ==NEW==
Great preset for COT/ELFX, bright and contrasty.
Weather mods compatibility: COT.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX.

Otherworld ENB ==FPS==
Dark fantasy preset with pale colors.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELE Lite.

A Bleak Vivid Weather Enb  ==FPS==
Bleak preset for Vivid Weathers.
Lighting mods compatibility: VW.
Lighting mods compatibility: Relighting Skyrim + ELE Lite.

Dark and Tender ENB ==FPS== close to zero or zero FPS loss.
Dark and pretty desaturated ENB preset. Note: it uses .236 binaries that are really old, but I've included it to the list as it gives really zero performance loss at modern rigs and has good visuals andpretty original view on the other hand.
This one can be a good option for those who are not able to run modern presets and also want some dark views.
Weather mods compatibility: none. Don't use any weather mods.
Lighting mods compatibility: ELFX.

So many awesome presets! I hope you'll find the one and only for you :)


IN CASE YOUR RIG SOMEHOW CAN'T RUN ENB BUT YOU STILL WANT TO HAVE ENB VISUALS. SOUNDS STRANGE? JUST LOOK HERE:


This is a SweetFX preset that looks almost like ENB, but with almost like zero performance loss. If ENB kills your FPS - definitely give ICBINE4 a try!
It was developed to work best with Vivid Weather, but you can also run it with vanilla weathers.


WOW, WE FINISHED THIS! FOR SOME TIME :)
Skyrim will never be 100% retextured, but now we became a bit closer to this goal :) It's an amazing game and it and everyone who plays it deserve the best graphics and visuals. I want to say so much thanks to each modder who put their time and knowledge into Skyrim mods to make it look so awesome and still even better then many games of 2015-16. And thank you guys for reading this! Wish you a stable and exciting gameplay in your modded Skyrim. In the videos below you can see how Skyrim can look like. I also want to say tonns of thanks once again to SkyrimTuner for his big modlist in Realvision installation guide that I used as a base for my.
Cheers! :)