i am looking to purchase a mac mini.
i don't want to spend any more money than i need to, but i want to be able to run creative cloud smoothly.
what system requirements do i need to look for in said mac mini?
Look into the system requirements of the software you intend to use with your CC subscription. Here are some of the more common ones...
Premiere Pro - http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/system-requirements.html
After Effects - http://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/system-requirements.html