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I'm looking to upgrade to a better dedicated server at my host LiquidWeb and would like some advice.

I currently have a Pentium 4 3GHZ Hyperthreaded, 2GB RAM, and 2 120GB Hard Drives and have been paying $227/month (I've actually been overpaying, since they have lowered their prices since I first signed up with them, but never pro-rated me..)

My current server is very overloaded. What I really need is more RAM, but apparently I need a processor upgrade to add more ram, so..

They said that I can upgrade to the following setup for $270 a month:

» Processor: Intel i5-750 Quad Core
» HD1: SATA Drive (7,200 rpm) (+250 GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive)
» HD2: SATA Backup Drive (+250 GB SATA (7,200 rpm))
» GUARD: No Remote Backup Needed
» OS: Windows Server (+Windows 2008 Standard 64-bit) (+No Anti-Virus) (+No MSSQL Software Required.)
» Bandwidth: 6000GB Monthly Transfer (3000 in + 3000 out) (+100M uplink port)
» ControlPanel: cPanel/ Web Host Manager - Fully Managed (+ServerSecure) (+Fantastico)
» SetupFee: No setup fee
» Monthly Fee: $270.00 /mon

Is this a fairly decent server upgrade for the price?

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Do you need a dedicated server?

Because there are some really good deals on VPS's around, and personally I dont know if having a physical machine vs virtual would matter. Places like Slice-host linode or are great, and really very cheap. I've only used, but i've heard good things about the others. Full root access, choice of operating systems etc.

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I definitely need a dedicated server, as I run a fairly high traffic web site with lots of database reads/writes. – mk1000 Sep 28 '10 at 6:50
I dont really understand why you need a dedicated server over a bunch of virtual servers. I guess if you are scaling vertically instead of horizontally. But the VPS plans have pretty good SLA's etc on them. And you could easily get quite a few separate virtual images for the amount your paying. – Mark Sep 29 '10 at 2:40
And - if you have a ton of database reads and writes, why do you get a crappy low end storage subsystemt hat will be slow? – TomTom Oct 10 '11 at 16:59

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