Okay...had to find NEI for 1.7 via Google because searching for it here turns up pages and pages of threads complaining that NEI crashes the authors' game. Not a good sign.
Edit: It does work, though.
a lot of the mod info is implicity told and yes in NEI so if you are starting I recommend you to watch sentinalHMC tutorials series, he shows all recipes and some basic machine configuration and what you can do with them, it may be outdated but a lot of the info he gives is still relevant
No, the component recipes I'm after are not "implicitly told", they're just plain not told. And watching through fifty ~10 minute tutorials is not an optimal solution.