Amazing Follower Tweaks (Multiple followers and a lot of functionality for followers. If you download the Inigo follower mod, do not manage him with AFT. They can both be installed, but don't touch any of the AFT stuff in Inigo's dialogue.)

Apachii Hair Styles (hair memes)

Apocalypse Spells (better mage spells)

Better Staff of Magnus (fixes the broken enchantment on the Staff of Magnus)

Blaze of Eventide Mount (bitchin horse for a mage)

Convenient Horses (better horse experience)

Natural View ENB (the crux)

Dolomite Weathers Natural and Vivid Atmospherics, also download the "recommended ini" file (the crux of the crux)

Elysium Estate (sick house just outside of whiterun)

Fores New Idles in Skyrim (if you want custom animation mods installed)

Frostfall (if you're into that realism survival playthrough stuff, mages also get frostfall compatible spells which is cool)

Campfire (If you get Frostfall, get this too)

HQ Tree Bark

Immersive Armors

Imperious Races of Skyrim (Makes races unique with their own little quests and perks)

Inigo (fucking badass, professionally made Khajit follower with custom voicing, very very well made)

Lihud (compass replacement)

Magic Casting Animations (custom animations for magic wielders)

Magic Duel Reborn (this mod literally lets you get into 1v1s with mages that in game characters will watch and cheer for)

Magical College of Winterhold (less shit winterhold)

My Home is Your Home (You can set followers to go wherever using this mod)

Ordinator perk mod (some awesome perks now when you level up, with a ton of optional files you can add)

Pretty Combat Animations (more custom animations if you don't want the vanilla ones, there's also a standalone for 1h weapons)

Pretty Sit Idle (custom sitting animations if you want)

Psijic Teleport Spells (literally what it sounds like. The teleports are also balanced and not OP)

Realistic Walking and running speeds (personal preference)

Realistic Water Two (more texture memes)

Skyrim 2017 Textures (download every file, more texture memes)

Skyrim Textures Redone Enhanced Night Sky (Makes the night sky look gorgeous, especially with the DOF of the Natural View ENB)

Spectraverse (mini-DLC sized mage stuff, new and very unique and interesting spells)

Spring Grass Overhaul and Realistic Spring Trees (get the HD Quality and whatever optional files you want)

Staff of Magnus HD

Summermyst - Enchantments of Skyrim (adds a ton of new unique enchantments, perfect for a Battlememer)

The Witcher 3 Music Overhaul (Much better than vanilla, options to also have vanilla music included as well)

Verdant Grass Plugin (it's unreal how simple but amazing this mod is)

Wearable Lanterns (Night actually feels like night with that ENB and texture overhauls)

XP32 Maximum Skeleton (ONLY if you decided you want to use some custom animations)

Winter is Coming (Mod that adds cloaks/capes)

Cloaks of Skyrim (More cloaks)