So, this is the point that if you are an Elder Scrolls Veteran, you may turn away now and know that you probably will laugh at what I consider to be a revelation.
But for me, like a kid in a candy store, downloading a ton of mods and cramming them alltogether with nexus mod manager was my usual MO. Certain things like following all the tweaks and recommendations for each individual mod and starting fresh games seemed to fix the random assortments of glitches I have faced over the years with elder scrolls, but nothing ever seemed to permanently fix all the things one faces: strange textures, freezing, CTD's, corrupted save files, NPC's walking naked in the middle of nowhere. However it never once dawned on me that with my demanding load of mods, the nexus mod manager and BOSS are not the only tools to work with.
Wyre Bash may at first seem like a hassle to a newbie, but my god it is worth everything in the world. I always wondered why Skyrim crashed so much and would have glitchy chugging. It turns out it had nothing to do with my specs or PC. It had everything to do with Nexus Manager alone not being enough to fix intricate script, ini, and mod conflict issues. Chances are if you are running more than a few overhaul mods together, you are kidding yourself if you think it isn't really affecting your game in a negative way.
Basic Steps: Use NMM to download and keep mods up to date, use Boss to correct the load order, and use Wyre Bash to combine, patch, and tweak it all to a smooth finish. The bashed patch that the program puts toward the end of the load order is the key. Right click it to rebuild the patch, and it helps to tweak and combine mods that normally cancel each other out in the load order. Finally as I learned the hard way, NEVER have skyrim in your programs folder (or programs folder (x86)) because of the security nature of that folder. A mod like ASIS for example will never patch correctly due to microsoft's bizarre programming for that folder. I suggest putting your steam in a newly created directory called C:/Games.
There is a learning curve and you will have to do some research to understand a bit more, but I have spent years trying many mods in many combinations. It never worked as well. Now you may have an even better set of programs you use, but point is, NMM and Boss are not enough for the user who wants a plethora of large mods.
Edited by Halithorn, 23 March 2013 - 01:41 AM.