I thought $25 for a mobo was an exceptionally low price. I agree it's not the best, but it is a component that is needed.
The $15 video card is a good price, but I've seen similar prices pop up from time to time. I just don't know which "cheap" card gives the most bang for the buck. And it is a component that is not critically needed. And may not be needed at all when playing back OTA recordings, which is what I'm trying to verify. I have to convert some 720p60 and 1080i30 OTA video from WMC7's format to something that MPC-HC can play.