Yeah the cabinets are in great shape, looked like the old guy never even used them. I got the two floorstanding speakers, a center channel, and two bookshelf speakers for $45 on Craigslist.
I then bought this Denon receiver for $125.00 http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR890-7-1-Channel-Multi-Zone-Connectivity/dp/B002AKKFR6
So after I sold one of my old cellphones on CL for $200, I had $30 to spare for speaker wire.
After it was all said and done I thought my System was pretty decent for the money spent.
The two bookshelf speakers are in the same compartement as the tv and the center channel is above the dvr.