I’m glad you want to play skyrim
Like the others said, I’d definitely get the add-ons, but only when they are discounted, which they are quite regularly I think.
As for mods: I usually refrain from installing gameplay related mods but that’s just personal preference.
The number one mod I heavily recommend though is “SkyUI”. I seriously couldn’t play the game without it anymore. The default UI is just that terrible.
There are tons of brilliant graphical mods that make the game look A LOT better while still staying true to the original art style and atmosphere but whether you can/want to install these and if yes, how many and which ones, is up to you and your laptop. A few I can recommend are:
- “Sounds of Skyrim”
- “Towns and Villages Enhanced”
- “Static Mesh Improvement Mod”
- “A Quality World Map and Solstheim Map”
And in case you want to dive further into the lore or just want to learn more about a certain hot-blooded Argonian maid, I’d go for these two tiny mods:
- “Unread Books Glow”
- “Unlimited Bookshelves”
All of them are available in the steam workshop for the old (not special) edition. Nexus mod manager is great though! Or at least it was when I was still using it.
Hope you’ll be having as much fun with the game as I had