ok I'll try to get some updates as of how managed.com performs for a new account. I picked managed.com primarily cause of the price and the amount of bandwidth they provide for so little cost. I must admit I am a niewbie as far as dedicated servers are concerned and my needs are to host 4-5 medium sized websites that are on the virge of becoming too big for shared hosting (users complaining about performance). I read various reviews in here some very bad and some quite positive.
I ordered a dedicated server this morning (GMT+2). I received a confirmation e-mail within the hour explaining that I had to send the payment for CPanel activation via paypal. Since I don't have paypal I e-mailed them back asking how I should proceed. Because I wasn't sure that the reply to the message was sent to the right person I also sent an e-mail to their sales department.
The sales department responded within a few minutes asking for my order confirmation. Since I was here I replied immediately and they got back to me almost instantly saying that I can also do the CPanel purchase by credit card. A few minutes later I got another reply from a different person (this came as a responce to the reply I sent to the original e-mail) explaining that cc's can be used for Cpanel activation and that my credit was approved and that I'll have the server available within 24-48 hours.
So far so good. I'll post a reply to this topic as updates come in.
Now that your server is still new, i'd suggest you to ask them for a new partition scheme. You might notice the default partitiion scheme isn't that nice (7GB for /, /usr, /var, etc). You might want to make the / /usr /var to a lesser number so you have more room for webhostingstuff.
and if you're not familiar with linux and don't want to compile a new kernel, you can ask them to give you a new kernel too.