From Valve Developer Community
You install the SFM the same way you would install any free game on Steam.
Minimum hardware requirements
The SFM requires a substantial gaming system to run well. Laptops with embedded graphics chips or small screens are unlikely to be able to run the SFM.
- Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, dual-core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
- Memory: 2 GB (4 GB suggested)
- Hard disk space: At least 15 GB of space
- Video: NVIDIA GeForce 200–series card or better, or AMD Radeon 3000–series card or better (NVIDIA GeForce 400–series, AMD Radeon 5000–series, or GeForce GTX 580 with 4-GB graphics memory and 1.5-GB video memory recommended)
- Monitor: 1280 x 720 (1920 x 1080 at 72 Hz recommended)
- Audio: DirectX 9.0c–compatible sound card
- Mouse: Three-button mouse with mouse wheel
- Microphone: USB headset with microphone (recommended)
Note:If you encounter a white line running across your viewport, this indicates that your hardware does not meet these requirements. If your hardware does meet these requirements, there is a fix (linked below)
- OS: Windows 7 or Windows Vista (Windows 7 64-bit recommended)
- QuickTime (recommended)