he only lives on a apartment so probably not that big living room. and he said yes they have frys over there.
Do you have a Fry's near you? They have the Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers at $77 each for the towers, and $77 a pair for the bookshelfs. Pick up the Klipsch RW-12D sub for $299 and that should leave you somewhere around $300-$400 for a budget avr.
do you think this should be good? and i will tell him to get the RW 12D from new egg and any refurb avr from accessories4less.