Before anyone says anything, I will OMIT those that say build a Desktop instead, because that will not help at all as this is for a classroom use and not a homework use. This is for my brother who is going to school for film in downtown Chicago. The school requires him to get a laptop for class and prefers him to get a Macbook Pro due to the heavy use of Final Cut Pro.
However, my brother is adamant about saving money and as much as he likes apple products, doesn't feel like spending so much for a Macbook Pro. Now, of course the laptop will be use for film editing and sound editing he also likes to play games. Most notably he wants to play Dark Souls II and indie titles as well as games that are more console multiplat. As for the film editing, he's looking for something that is Hackintosh compatible and should be able to run Final Cut Pro at ease.