I agree with you CyberJay. I pick and choose my components too. I have an E-Flite 480 in my Taylorcraft. I chose it because I knew it would fit up properly. But I have a Turnigy Sentry 40 amp ESC in it along with Turnigy servos. I use GensAce Lipos.
If you know what you are doing, you can use some cheap stuff. As an example, when I ordered the Turnigy servos, I needed 4 but ordered 6 just in case 1 or 2 were DOA or otherwise defective. I know that attempting to return a defective item to Hobbyking is a lesson is futility. And fighting with them is like trying to catch a pig in a greased pig contest. Sooner or later you learn that the pig likes it.