I was looking for something a little more powerful.
The notebook that I've recommended is quite powerful, it would easily run something like "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" at 40~50 FPS with medium graphical settings.
It's hard to get a notebook with better CPU at that budget.
Yeah, what he said.
OP, there's really no better option for that money, I've looked it through.
Let him get what I've recommended (or don't get anything and save the money for a higher price segment), because everything else in that price segment would be a worse option.
It's for your friend to decide in the end, I just really hope that he'll make a truly wise choice.