Thank you so much for this guide!
I started a new install last week and tried to follow the guide as much as possible and here i am on 109 mods and counting and everything seems to be ok, i have not done any heavy testing but using MO has given an amount of control i did not thought possible.
There are 3 things i skipped for personal reasons:
ENB - i liked it, i really did but i could not give up the 4k DSR, even the performance enb made my 780 cry at those resolutions.
ugrids - there seems to be a lot of debate on the safety of this modification so i'll play it safe and wait until i have tested everything else.
Live another life - In order to obtain a "clean" save i started a game before installing anything (not even SKSE) i selected the default nord as PC and started to play without doing anything at all, no crouching, no armor, no speech checks, no looting, follow the main quest and ignore everyone else, let lydia do all the fighting up to the point where Parthurnax teaches you Yol (the point where i consider that the world is fully open to the player) then dismiss lydia, buy breezehome, wait, and then save (and another save in a cellar just to be safe). I was level 4 at this point, 25 one handed, 25 marksman, 20 speech (from selling stuff to buy breezehome). now this save will be the save for all my subsequent playthroughs. An obsessive and maybe useless thing to do but hey, i had fun seeing lydia being useful for once.
Anyway, Thanks again, i was about to drop skyrim and move on but it looks like i'll be here for a while.
Hey, good to hear things worked out for you! But with a 780 gtx you shouldn't have any issues whatsoever running Realvision full even with Tamriel Reloaded active, as I'm running it with a 580. I suggest reducing your textures instaed, you get a LOT more back from a good ENB than you do from ANY texture pack, and the ENB thanks to ENBoost and ENHost makes your game use more memory more efficiently and run smoother as well.
Would you mind Posting MO's list of active mods so we can shave down a bit and make Realvision work for you? You can find this under Profiles.
Hint by the way, whenever possible try to use a single big texture pack that covers a lot of things like Tamriel Reloaded does instead of a ton of smaller ones, because the game spends more resources dealing with conflicting textures and things bumping into each other, like if you have a Whiterun makeover and a Breezehome makeover that changes it's exterior in a way that conflicts with your Whiterun makeover, your FPS will slow down to a CRAWL whenever you get near Breezehome as the game tries to decide what texture to show you. Always strive for compatibility first and looks second.
Oh no, i did not mean 4k as in 4096 textures but as in 4k DSR, a thing on newer nvidia cards that renders the game at higher resolutions (e.g. 3840x2160 aka 4k) and then scales it down to 1920x1080, it looks pretty awesome on a 144hz monitor, it does not add any eye candy like an enb of course, but it certainly puts a shine on what is already there.
To be honest, i'm on the fence here, if i had tried enb before i got this card i probably wouldn't bother with DSR but as it is now i may have to alternate between one and the other because i can't possibly use both at the same time.
anyway her's what i have installed so far and it all seems to be working just fine: