I'm thinking of setting up a media server on a Mac Mini in the coming weeks, and was hoping I could get some general thoughts from you guys before I start buying. I'm definitely an amateur here, in that I have tons of DVDs and very few movies on digital media. Ideally, I want to have everything converted, so that I can play on my main TV hooked up to the Mini, and access everything else on Mac devices --- either at home or on the road. First step is to buy a Mac Mini, and I'm considering going the eBay route. Any advice on this first step would be very much appreciated. I think a 2011 or later model would be best, but if I can go earlier, it would be good to know --- always love to save a bit. Any thoughts on specs --- specifically RAM? I think I can use external storage plugged into the Mac Mini to store the movies, so that I won't have to worry about finding a Mini with large amounts of onboard storage, but thoughts here would be helpful too. Second step is to do the conversion. Is it easier to do the conversion on the Mac Mini somehow? I have a new Air that I love, but no optical drive. I have a tower Windows PC with a DVD drive that I could use to convert media, but I can't use Mac software on that, and from what I gather Mac software is excellent for conversion. I think that if I buy a newer Mac Mini, I would have to get a superdrive, too, to conduct the transfer.