Also, it comes down to me getting really into Forge modding and Forge personalities. They all use NEI so I've since been using NEI exclusively. There is nothing wrong with choosing either imo. It's a matter of preference maybe. NEI is made by Chickenbones who does a lot of other mods that I really love and respect. Keeping up with what he does is just easy.
In the future, this thread will include other mods such as TMI. I'm totally for making a more comprehensive list. Right now the list is mods i'm playing. It's been easy to maintain that way. If the thread gets more support and such, i'll keep up with a lot more.