[color=#4e5866;][font="'courier new', courier, monospace;"]Dear mods, please don't delete this. It took me hours to compile everything!!! :)[/color][/font]
First off, I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me with my game so far. It's a LOT better than it was when I first started S.T.E.P. I'm not using step religiously though. I have several other mods and I'd really appreciate it if you could help me out despite not following 100% S.T.E.P protocol.
This is going to be a LONG, and DETAILED thread dedicated to getting my game running smoothly. If it's too much for you to handle, kindly move on. I'm giving you pretty much everything and I'd like to see where you find faults with ANY OF IT. Even one suggestion would be great. Some of the sections below may be redundant because you can view most of my ini, log, etc. files on my virtual directory (section 1). I then go on to list some specific ini files at the bottom. I've made it as comprehensive and thorough as I possibly could with the virtual directories, screenshots, HTML logs, and other specific files. So if any of you are willing to help, I'd be SO grateful because I love this game, and I want to re-play it with stability, new mods, better textures, etc. I may post this on The Nexus forums too for some of their feedback since this isn't strictly S.T.E.P.
And perhaps this thread may help others who struggle with modding in the future!
[color=#e86464;]Edit: I apologize if think I'm being lazy! [/color][color=#e86464;] [/color][color=#e86464;]I assure you, I've looked at many tutorials here on S.T.E.P, watched many videos including Gophers, GamerPoets, and Mark Hollis'. I read all the mod descriptions, check for patches, check for incompatibility. My load order is still messy. LOOT throws plugin files into random spots on my load order and while I trust it, I'm not sure if it's always right. I've also gotten help from members here like hishutup, GrantSP, IdiotDave, hypercleats, GSDfan, etc. I've never been a techy kind of person so a lot of it is still hard for me to follow. I am still making the attempt to learn but I need your help and suggestions.[/color]
First of all, here is my rig:
Intel Core i5 3570k CPU @ 3.40 GHz
8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 SDRAM
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Skyrim installation, 163 GB left)
OCZ Agility 4 AGT4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit (not oc'd)
Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
[*]Get more FPS while having nice textures, ENB and other mods. Eliminate the stuttering! While it is still playable, it's not as enjoyable, especially when I dip below 30. If you think my rig isn't right for this kind of Skyrim setup, please give me some constructive criticism on GPU or any other hardware upgrades but I feel like my setup should be able to handle it. I'm not getting the FPS I want, the game stutters, especially in cities, around the Rift, anywhere there are a lot of NPCs and sometimes in random spots where you would assume smooth gameplay. As I mentioned before, it can dip below 30 with some of the S.T.E.P textures (mostly 2k, also optimized) unchecked. You can see what ones I've decided to uncheck below.
[*]Eliminate CTDs. It's a horrible feeling when you're deep into the game and your game just minimizes to the desktop. I experienced a lot before when I played 2 years ago but I'm hoping there are more solutions for it now. I just started playing the game again, I'm not far, and maybe there are scripts on my save files that couldn't be cleaned with SaveTool but I'd rather not start a new game unless I know the CTDs are coming from "orphaned scripts". I'm thinking it could be more of a VRAM problem, or a loading order problem. I do have the SKSE Memory Patch. You can look at my settings and logs in my directories or sections below.
[*]Organize Mod Organizer. I still don't know how to combine patches, or merge plugins. It's all very complicated to me. This was mentioned in a previous thread, hishutup posted some videos and and I followed the video tutorials provided but I was still a bit very confused. I did end up making a TESEdit Merged.esp which I think is good. As far as my bashed patch goes, I don't know. I'll show you what's inside my bashed patch below. I've also tried merging similar ESPs with the TESVEdit xEdit Script plugin by matortheeternal but whenever I selected a cluster of ESPs I wanted to merge, others would appear in the right column. It didn't seem like a safe idea so I didn't do it. So things in my plugin list may still look a bit messy. I want everything to be clean, and organized. I'd also like your suggestions on what mods I should probably get rid of. If they're known to cause problems, I'll consider uninstalling them.
[color=#ccff66;]1.) First of all, here are directories where important files are, some of them are clickable so you can read them:[/color]
[color=#808080;](Obviously, not all files are included. You can't click on others. Mostly ini, txt, log files are available to view.)[/color]
([color=#ff0000;]SIGH... THE SITE DOESN'T HAVE MALWARE, IT IS AN HTML BUILD OF MY SKYRIM DIRECTORIES. Hit details at the bottom, and then[/color] visit this unsafe site[color=#ff0000;], I can't take screenshots of my directory so most of the important files are pasted below in spoiler tags if you're hesitant. You shouldn't be though. [/color][color=#ff0000;] [/color])
- My Mod Organizer Directory:[color=#ccff66;] [/color]https://bit.ly/acindronmodir
- My Documents/Games/skyrim: https://bit.ly/acindronmydocstesv [color=#808080;]<--- All clear besides ENB. Using Vividian 6.03 - Vivid. [/color][color=#808080;]Performance Version, SMAA Antialiasing, Static Depth of Field (Medium) - Three patches: Vividian - Weather Patch CoT.esp, [/color][color=#808080;]Vividian - Wearable Lanterns Preset.esp, [/color][color=#808080;]Vividian - Torches Preset.esp[/color]
- steamapps/common/skyrim: bit.ly/acindronskyrimdir
[color=#76b900;]2.) EVGA Nvidia GTX 670 FTW Inspector:[/color]
[color=#808080;](I think everything looks about right here...)[/color]
[color=#ff94d9;]3.) My Launcher settings:[/color]
[color=#808080;](I think everything looks about right here...)[/color]
[color=#d64608;]4.) Screenshot of Skyrim Performance Monitor: [/color](played for 15 minutes before getting a CTD)
(I'll be honest, I don't know what a lot of that means...)
[color=#00cc99;]5b.) My Last MemoryBlocksLog:[/color]
[color=#808080;](Something doesn't seem right here... )[/color]
[color=#b28f82;]6.) Wrye Bash, Bashed Patches:[/color]
[color=#808080;]The results:[/color] https://bit.ly/acindronwryebash ([color=#ff0000;]Again...THE SITE DOESN'T HAVE MALWARE, IT IS AN HTML FILE OF MY RESULTS. Hit details at the bottom, and then[/color] visit this unsafe site[color=#ff0000;], if you're still hesitant, check the spoiler tag below[/color])
[color=#808080;]Moving onto Mod Organizer.[/color]
[color=#3ea32b;]7.) Screenshot of my Left Panel w/ priority numbers:[/color]
^^^ Here's the link to that image because the forum won't blow it up enough to view: https://i.imgur.com/yiA5g8x.png
Edited by acindron, 25 October 2014 - 04:33 AM.