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I'm deciding on whether I should get the PC version of Skyrim, and I wanted to understand the specifics behind mod customization

  • Can you add entirely new custom NPCs?
  • Can you modify existing NPCs?
  • Are there limits to the stats of a custom NPC?
  • Are most or all of the community mods free?
  • Is the customization kit free?
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Hi nacly, welcome to Gaming.SE! Your question about transferring saved games to PC has already been answered here: Can Skyrim's console savegames be migrated to PC?. As to your other questions, Gaming.SE works a little differently than other gaming sites and forums, and questions regarding personal preference aren't on-topic here. Your other questions should be answerable, though. –  user3389 Jun 3 '12 at 21:40
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Yes to all five of these questions.

The stats limit thing requires some clarification: some stats have a bound above which they give no benefit (like armor rating or spell resistance), some are bound by variable size used to store them (You can't have a million billion hitpoints, but you can have several hundred thousand).

Changing and adding NPCs is one of the least important aspects of modding, you can change or add locations, graphics, gameplay mechanics, et cetera.

All mods on Skyrim Nexus are free, and so are the mods in the Steam Workshop. I am not aware of any sites that require payment to download Skyrim mods; though there might be some scammers around trying to sell mods, the mods they'll try to sell will likely have come from a free source.

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You can mod pretty much everything and its all free.

This is an old list but gives you a good idea of what's possible: The 25 best Skyrim Mods

And there's always Syrim Nexus

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