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.
Energy RC 70 fronts
Energy RC LCR center
Energy RC LCR surrounds
Rythmik LV12R and Mirage Omni 12 subwoofers