Mac Mini as media server - how much Ram?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by spyrelx, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. spyrelx macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2014
    Hi all,

    I'm planning on getting a Mac Mini as a dedicated media server - what that means to me is that I will play mostly music but some video from the mini through a wired connection to my receiver.

    I won't be doing any gaming. I may use it to rip music cds, though I might continue to do that with my macbook. It's possible at some time in the future I might want to rip a movie, but that's never going to be a frequent occurrence and again, my macbook could probably handle it. So, again, the mini is primarily as a server for iTunes music and movie files.

    Standard mini comes with 4 gigs RAM. I intend to get 8 gigs just for good measure. Is there any reason I should be looking at 16 gigs in light of my intended use?

    Oh, I expect to get the standard 5400 RPM drive, if that matters.

  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
  3. Agent47 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2014
    Your intended use is mostly I/O heavy and does not need much RAM. Just shuttling data from storage devices to network devices really. Ripping discs is a little more memory intensive but 4GB is plenty. I would agree 8GB is a good place to start, in case you repurpose this machine as a full time desktop.

  4. spyrelx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2014
  5. dazed macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I've had my 2007era mini running a media server for many years. It's only got 4gb and runs fine.

    I agree that maybe 8gb is a good starting point these days as the modern os's are a bit more memory intensive, and maybe one day you'll want to use the mini for more than just a media server.


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