Not sure if the drives are IDE or not. I have seach the internet for the best deal on Servers and this company that I talked to Droped the price for me, gave me good pricing, But I know price is not everything.
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If you are just now moving from a reseller web hosting plan to a dedicated server, you don't need to immediately jump into a Dual Xeon. Start off with a small server like the first you mentioned (with only 1GB of Ram). Remember, as your needs become larger, you can always upgrade your existing server with additional memory and hard drives, or simply add a second server to your network. Don't pay the money for the extra Ram up front -- you most likely won't need it immediately. At which time you do feel that you need it, go ahead and upgrade. Many web hosts find that once a server is full, one gigabyte of ram is adequately enough to suit the needs of the customers on the machine. This is something which you won't know until you have filled the machine, but some times you may just get lucky and not have to make upgrades. In the end, you'll have to make a decision based on your needs, but I personally believe from my own experience (I came off of a Reseller account nearly five years ago and jumped onto my first server), that you should start off small and work your way up as your needs progress. I hope this has been of help to you. Good Luck!