Last I heard it was around a few hundred MB. By huge I mean a few GB. Was hoping for a nice DX11 update to the game. Probably just wishful thinking. (not this patch obviously)
If it has to be that big they clearly didn't design the game with DX11 in mind. Then again, a game with a world this big being only 5GB total is kinda strange considering today's graphics and the huge file sizes some games are. The many mods available help some, but last I read the Skyrim HD mod had only progressed to including two towns thus far.
Spent last night power leveling my light armor in the Thieves Guild suit. The Mud Crabs were useful up until about level 40-45, then I switched to using a Giant, changing difficulty level to Master to give more credit to each hit. I took a break from the drudgery and made Dragonscale armor and shield from the dragon parts I had, then decided to try it out hunting for more dragons to complete the set.
After a bit of hunting I couldn't find any in the usual places I'd seen them, so I ventured up to the only place on the map that had an unexplored area marked by a dragon symbol, the mountain by Winterhold. I went to Winterhold first, encountering my first Snow Bears and Horkers along the way. I visited the town, which is smaller than I thought it would be, then ventured up the mountain.
What ensued was the most epic dragon battle I've had yet, a fire breathing Elder Dragon that was quite large and vicious. After shouting at it I couldn't get anywhere near it without it eating me. I quickly switched to my most powerful long distance dragon slaying gear, which includes the Hide Archery Helmet, Minor Ring of Archery, and Legendary Glass Bow with a total damage rating of 76 with my Archery skill and boosters factored in. I sufficed with Ancient Nord Arrows though, because I had plenty of them.
At the beginning I didn't know if I could even survive the battle. I was contemplating the possibility of having to reload a prior save, and build up my gear and skills first. Then I started finding little nooks and crannies to escape to in between it's scorching fire attacks, and managed to get in some good saves and stamina recovery. I'd seen a rock archway earlier I was desperately trying to get back to after finding no better cover elsewhere.
About 100 arrows later after numerous rinse and repeat shout, shoot, take cover, shoot, hide from strafing runs and save combinations, the beast finally went down. In the process I managed to add on a few archery skill points. I was a bit disappointed the thing only had a lousy one dragon bone along with the usual 3 scales, but the altar just below had at least 60 Ancient Nord Arrows to help restock what I'd spent.
After quitting my session I later realized it wasn't my new armor that was lacking as I'd assumed when Snow Bears, Frost Trolls, some Bandits and that beastly dragon seemed harder than they should have been to fight. I'd forgotten I had bumped the difficulty from Adept up to Master. That combined with my being only level 38 overall made for quite a bit of challenge. Leveling up seems faster though, so I may leave it there until I encounter a battle too overwhelming for me.
I just hope the latter parts of the game don't require a lot of Magicka. It's something that doesn't really interest me.