Why do you need a DSLR? they are old hat life has moved on
LOZ ! You are a stirrer !
@ dwywit : So envious of your coming DSLR experiences..! I had so much fun when i first got into this.
The problem with Digital vs film is that the tech gets dated very quickly.
I had the D70 some 7 years ago. Then moved to the D200 clone(Fuji s5pro) and now the D7000.. probably next year i will be going for the new D400.. i believe many others here have had some 4-5 cameras in that same period.
while others have had at least 2. (My D70 needs to be fixed but I dont know if i will.. the repair is probably going to cost twice as much as buying a second hand d70)
Therefore, the budget for a Digital system really gets you much less than you would think.. your budget is for say 5 years.. ? you will probably have 3 camera bodies in that period. so calculate accordingly.
My suggestions ? the D600 looks great if you must go FF. Otherwise consider the D7000. they are basically the same camera with different sensors. the D7000 is currently about half the price of the D600.
Still you are joining the Nikon Digital world at the right time as they only recently released the D4/D800 and D600. The D4/D800 probably wont be refreshed for another 4 years. However the D600 may have one in a couple of years. the rumours is that the D7000 will be updated in a few months probably in January or feb 2013..
It sounds like you are going for the good lenses! way to go ! They will last much longer than the Camera bodies. I am still using my old 18-70 kit lens from the D70.( it is really very good )
The new nikkor 70-200 F4 VR looks like a good buy... not too sure if you can use those old lenses on the D600. do check.. good old Ken Rockwell has a very nice chart of Old Nikkor lenses and their compatibility with nikon cameras both Film and DSLRs
Most of all go slow.. only get what you need and then get the other bits later. You may "need" to upgrade your camera body sooner than you think