So, if one were to begin recording videos for YouTube what hardware and software would come recommended?

I ask this question for 2 reasons:

1)      I am considering putting my YouTube channel to use

2)      The only devise I had for recording videos was destroyed by my dog who decided to chew through the USB cable!

Bear in mind when suggesting hardware and software that I’m a student and ideally the hardware would be cheap and the software free!

Recommendations in the comment section below most welcome!