User:Traugdor/Skyrim HD Realism Project

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Skyrim HD Realism Project[edit]

A guide to creating a realistic-looking and -behaving game.



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My personal modset

Component Details
CPU Ryzen 5 1600
GPU RX 480 4GB
Memory G.Skill FlareX 16GB
OS Windows 10
HDD/SSD Crucial M.2 500GB / 2x SanDisk 480GB


I get between 40-50 FPS in some places with this mod set. Average load times are between 5 and 10 seconds. The game takes about half a minute to load everything. If you have weaker or stronger hardware, your mileage may vary.

Any mods that will affect performance will be marked so you can either avoid them or find alternatives.

(h) -- this mod heavily affects performance
(m) -- this mod moderately affects performance
(o) -- this mod is recommended but not required
none -- this mod is required and has little to no affect on performance.


The mods in this category can be found by clicking the link provided.

Patches / Bug fixes / Modding resources and utilities[edit]

  • Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch link
  • Unofficial Skyrim High Resolution Patch link
  • Crash Fixes link
  • Bug Fixes link
  • PapyrusUtil link
  • (*) ShowRaceMenu Precache Killer link
  • Brawl Bug Plugin link
  • JContainers link
  • FISS link

(*) The ShowRaceMenu Precache Killer is not needed if you are using the RaceMenu mod. I include it here for those that wish not to include RaceMenu and it's plugins.

Models and Textures[edit]

  • SMIM
  • Noble Skyrim Mod
  • (h) 4K Parallax Mountains
  • Hanging Moss Replacer
  • (m) High Poly Project
  • Skyrim Landscape Overhaul - Grass
  • Skyrim Landscape Overhaul - Stone Walls
  • Realistic Water Two
  • Realistic Water Two - ENB Textures
  • Watercolor for ENB and RW2
  • Spray
  • Spray with RW2
  • Natural Aspen Recolor
  • Dust Effects
  • Horizon of Dreams
  • Pure Waters
  • (m) Verdant
  • Enhanced Vanilla Trees
  • Skyrim Skill Interface Retexture
  • Beautiful Whiterun
  • Beautiful Riften
  • Riverwood Reborn
  • (m) The Great Forest of Whiterun Hold
  • Real Roads for Skyrim (BSA version)
  • Vivid Landscapes - Cliffs and Creeks
  • Realistic Smoke and Embers
  • Vivid Weathers
  • Real Skyrim Snowflakes - Vivid Snow
  • aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Armors and Weapons
  • Morning Fogs
  • No Snow Under the Roof
  • RIS w/Watery Icicle

CharGen and Clothing/Armor[edit]

  • XCE Compilation
  • UNP Base Underwear Body
  • Coverwomen
  • Women of Skyrim
  • Athletic Muscle map - (4)Sporty Vanilla
  • Sub Surface full body map
  • Hvergelmir's Aesthetics - Brows
  • Hvergelmir's Aesthetics - Beards
  • The Eyes of Beauty

Optional Mods[edit]

  • Skyrim is Windy
  • Footprints
  • (h) DynDoLOD

ENB Instructions[edit]

Do this to replicate the ENB effect in my screenshots.