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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim players on PC can look forward to a substantially prettier game today. Bethesda has released an update to the optional HD texture pack so it now enhances the game's downloadable content as well as the base game.

Once you've downloaded the HD texture pack, you can expect improved textures for Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn add-ons. The download process will be a lengthy one, though. Even if you've already got the texture pack, the update weighs in at about 4.7GB.

Before you embark on this massive download, be sure that your PC can handle the HD textures. You'll likely need a system well above the game's recommended specs. Bethesda says you should have Windows Vista/7, 4GB of ram or more, and a DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM. Also make sure that you've got the latest drivers for your video card.

This has been a big week for PC Skyrim players. On Tuesday, Bethesda released the Dragonborn add-on for that platform. Dragonborn adds a new island, Solstheim for players to explore. The main storyline and optional side quests will add hours of gameplay to the RPG.

Bethesda says that the texture pack update is part of their "continued effort to support our PC fanbase." Other than the fact that they get DLC slower than Xbox 360 owners, PC owners have it pretty good. They've also got exclusive access to a steady stream of fan-created content thanks to the Creation Kit.