You can easily add a firewire port to any PC. Just buy a Firewire PCI card, fit it into a spare PCI slot inside your Dell box and connect your video camera to it. You will, of course, also need some video-editing/DVD authoring software installed to view the captured video on the PC monitor as you play it back via the camera, add special effects (optional) or titles, then use the same software to put the finished footage on to a DVD in DVD-video format as the final step. generally regarded as the best in it's class for ease of use and reliability is "PowerDirector" by CyberLink: http://www.cyberlink...main_4_ENU.html
Alternatively, as you suggest, you could bypass the PC altogether and buy a DVD recorder which accepts input from a video camera. The disadvantage there, however, is that the DVD recorder simply records what's on the miniDV tape as is, with no editing possible (that's where the PC method comes in). But if it's just "straight to DVD" you want with the minimum of fuss, the DVD recorder is the way to go.
Edited by pip22, 05 September 2007 - 02:32 PM.