I've done lots of research, many searches all over. But my requirements for resources are currently quite low, the offers aren't necessarily that helpful and it makes finding an appropriate VPS trickier.
What I want:
Quality > quantity hardware + service.
Managed + cPanel or equivalent.
US based, TX or further East.
Low HD/BW requirements.
2 or more IPs.
32 bit, I can live with 64.
What I don't want:
Servint currently in the lead, WiredTree a possibility. Thanks all, this and any related advice is invaluable.
If it is USA based websites, latency anywhere in the USA should be negligible.
Your requirement for "fully managed" with cPanel for $50 is the tricky part.
Most likely you'll have to go with an OpenVZ based 512 with 1024MB burstable to stay under that $50 envelope. It will most likely be a moderately oversold host node.
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Thanks everybody, I went with Wiredtree. I was called and set up within three hours despite it being an unsociable time of the day. I used support just once for a minor query, had a response within three minutes despite labelling it as insignificant priority.
But it became clear I didn't need managed hosting, so after one month I moved on. I'm now with Linode's unmanaged service and even happier. Pre-sales query was answered very quickly, set-up was instant and their control panel is outstanding! I don't think I'd want to be without it now.
My experience has been too limited to give a proper review, but I have nothing but praise about what I did get to try in both cases.