I cobble together “gaming rigs” from parted out computers, and parts that have been upgraded, in order to give to the children of family and friends whose parents can’t afford to buy them a gaming computer. Moreover, I’ve been doing “upgrade chains,” where if someone I know gets a new graphcis card, I’ll put his old one in someone else’s computer, and then put that old card in another computer, and so on and so forth.
Now, it has been a while since I’ve given away a system/card that was only DX9 compatible, but I also live in a relatively rich country. And, as Jaurl pointed out, now is a terrible time to buy even an older graphics card.
Naturally, CCP is in the best position to determine whether or not now is the right time for them as a company to drop support, but that still doesn’t change the fact that this will make things extremely difficult for the DX9 users who cannot justify an upgrade at this time. So, while I won’t argue against CCP’s decision, I do have sympathy for the people who are negatively impacted by this.
The good news is, is that I’ve seen players send computer parts to their friends and corpies in order to help them out before. So, hopefully this trend will continue.