Any host can, who support 5.4 PHP version can run VBulletin 5.
So it is better to elaborate your current needs. Disk Space, Location, bandwidth etc
But as far as i know, Vbulletin 5 is resource hog and can not run on a shared hosting for a long time.
Last edited by AskForHost; 02-05-2014 at 05:12 PM.
Yeha normally a small boared run on shared hosting, but with my experience with it when the forum grows and gets alot of hits, you normally have to switch over to a vps, so maybe start with a low end vps and you can upgrade in the long term...
VB3 could probably handle that type of load. I run a current forum that's gaming related, but it doesn't really host that many pictures. The site used to be VB4.2. At about 200 or so active users I was maxing out a shared hosting environments resources. We then migrated our site to IPB. With very little differences setup-wise our resource usage was cut in half. Now we have about doubled in size and now are having to consider moving to a VPS environment. So going with VB you will have to change your environment much faster especially if you plan to use any VB software versions 4+. As said by others, it really does hog resources more than other software out there.
So, if you are new I would suggest a cheaper Managed VPS to start out. Starting out I would say perhaps a cpu core or 2 and perhaps 2 gigs of ram. Since you are aiming to host lots of pictures I would get the best investment of your currency on HDD space. A decent place to start looking is right here in the offers section.