Glad to read that the site is helping demystify video for you.
- VCR is good. (The MiniDV half is junk anyway, mostly just eats tapes, you're not missing anything.)
- DV camera probably fine; I prefer Canon
- broadcast monitor if probably fine, but I never found those useful; just calibrate a good IPS LCD
- Win7, i7, RAM, SSD, HDDs .. all fine. If this is your main/only computer, no dedicated capture system, just remember to NOT multitask while capturing, do not let software "do stuff" in the background, disconnect from the internet during capture
- Elcrapo indeed, there are better, so get a better capture card
Anxiety from what? From the bogus boogeyman rhetoric that you're tapes are degrading? Though there is a tiny bit of truth to it, it's very specific to past storage conditions (attics, basements), or certain tapes (early 80s BASF).
- Yes, TBC needed, your understanding is correct. (Remember: marketplace subforum for vetted gear, not eBay
- Capture card depends on OS. Win7 best for capturing, several good options, including ATI 600 USB
- For DV, either Scenalyzer or WinDV
- Even I don't use a "proper rack". I have custom racks built from wood, with some gear sideways on the desk (to access both front and back of the gear, which is often important).
Optional extras =
- proc amp (if not in TBC ... or even when in TBC, external proc amps can be powerful tools),
- ES10/15 for tearing correction, serious timing issues