Today I picked up Skyrim for PC. I already have the game on X360, but since I recently got a new monster computer I figured I'd jump back into Skyrim the way it was meant to be played: with loads and loads of mods!
Problem is that A) I have no idea how to run/install mods, and B) I have no idea where to even start looking. What am I looking for? Pretty much any mod you can recommend to me, the ones you consider essential to enhance the gameplay and especially the looks of Skyrim. I got inspired by that Skyrim video circling around a few days ago, so could someone with more experience help me get started on this? Keep in mind that at this point I only have the core game installed on Steam. I haven't downloaded any modding tools (do I even need any?), haven't downloaded the hi-res pack from Steam (should I do that?), or anything else.